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Lower Merion Bus Driver Suspended For Hugging Students: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-06-18 09:47
The driver was also "using nicknames" for students, which is apparently against policy.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion BOC appoints Democrat Joshua Grimes to Ward 2 seat vacated by Jenny Brown

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-06-17 22:41
In a vote that broke largely on party lines, the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners voted to appoint Joshua Grimes, a Democrat, to fill the Ward 2 seat vacated by Republican Commissioner Jenny Brown.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion School Board OKs 3.55 percent tax hike; budget nears quarter-billion mark

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-06-17 22:41
Lower Merion School District officials Monday night approved the district’s final budget with spending that is closing in on a quarter of a billion dollars and its accompanied tax hike of 3.55 percent in order to cover a budget gap of $6.77 million.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County Community College board increases tuition fee for fall 2015

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-06-17 21:53
WHITPAIN >> Autumn brings changing leaves, cooler weather and for students enrolling in Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) for the fall 2015 semester, a slightly higher tuition rate.
Categories: Lower Merion

Former tennis coach Meredith pleads guilty to inappropriate text messages

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-06-17 21:43
COURTHOUSE >> A former tennis coach at a Delaware County school pleaded guilty on Wednesday to sending inappropriate text messages to a teenager on the tennis team.
Categories: Lower Merion

33 Pennsylvanians Picked in 2015 MLB Draft

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-06-17 21:14
Dozens of athletes from Pennsylvania were picked by Major League Baseball teams in 2015’s First Year Player Draft.
Categories: Lower Merion

Former Country Day School tennis coach Meredith pleads guilty to inappropriate text messages

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-06-17 16:40
COURTHOUSE >> A former tennis coach at a Delaware County school pleaded guilty on Wednesday to sending inappropriate text messages to a teenager on the tennis team.
Categories: Lower Merion

Former Main Line Coach Admits To 'You're So Hot' Texts to Teen

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-06-17 13:07
Charles Meredith, 54, a former Country Day School of the Sacred Heart coach, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court Wednesday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Provides Comprehensive Plan Update

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2015-06-17 11:40
The township is in the middle of getting public input on its comprehensive plan draft. One final input session is planned for next month.
Categories: Lower Merion

Former Main Line doc charged in patient's death in connection with alleged pill mill

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-06-17 11:01
A former Main Line doctor who was indicted earlier this year for allegedly running a pill mill is now facing new charges in connection with the death of a patient.
Categories: Lower Merion

Shane Montgomery's death spurs proposed surveillance legislation

Main Line Times - Wed, 2015-06-17 10:24
PHILADELPHIA >> The loss of Shane Montgomery may spur a legacy to help save others.
Categories: Lower Merion

summertime old school

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2015-06-16 21:00

When I was growing up, my parents and their friends threw and went to these awesome garden parties in the summer.  The kind of party that was lovely to look at, the people were nice and the ladies dressed in tasteful summer finery and the men were in madras,seersucker, and khaki. The kind of party where the food was good, the company interesting, a time so fun and pleasant and each hour flew by like it was five minutes.

Ok I finally found my adult equivalent: The Natural Lands Trust kickoff summer event, Stardust.

Natural Lands Trust, the region’s foremost conservation organization, protects the forests, fields, wetlands, and streams that are essential to the sustainability and quality of life in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.

In other words, they don’t just talk a good game about preservation, they do it. And they are all extraordinarily nice people too. From staff to volunteers to trustees, these people are just terrific. It is so nice (and refreshing) to be around people who just so obviously love what they do.

This year’s Stardust was at Stroud Preserve in West Chester. If you have never been, go. It is so beautiful a place it takes your breath away with the sheer majesty of the surrounding landscape and vistas. It is over 500 acres of heavenly beauty. The Natural Lands Trust applies  a comprehensive approach to conservation that includes permanently protecting natural areas, providing leadership in natural resource management, and creating opportunities for people to connect to and learn from nature.  They began in 1953 as the “Philadelphia Conservationists”. In the early days a lot of what they saved was then turned over to government agencies or other non-profits.  But in the 1960s they changed their course ever so slightly and became the stewards of the land and environments they were saving….and the Natural Lands Trust was born. To date they have preserved tens of thousands of acres, and each acre saved is a testament to the vision and generosity of their founders as well as the thousands of landowners, donors, volunteers. So this is a group so worthy of much generous support. You can see what they are doing, it is not some fuzzy hypothesis of ” if you donate X we will do Y”, it’s real, it’s tangible. On Friday, June 12th – as the constellation Bootes (the “Celestial Farmer”), an ever-amazing Saturn, and a brightly-shining Jupiter graced the night sky  many gathered for an evening of cocktails, local farm-to-table edibles, at the 570-acre Stroud Preserve in West Chester. The catering was done to perfection by Jeffrey Miller Catering and in addition to cocktails Moore Brothers was pouring some delightful wines (especially the rosé! )Terain did the decor and Victory Brewing Company also generously provided libations for guests. The event itself was spread out so people had the ability to move around freely without feeling that you-are-nothing-but-a-lemming feeling that some non-profit events give you because too many are jammed into too small a space. This event was spread out and so civilized, like the summer garden parties I remember as a child. One special bit of fun that Natural Lands Trust provided guests in addition to the ability to star gaze by using one of the many fine telescopes set up was play a giant game of Jenga! I had never been up and in the Stroud Preserve which was donated to Natural Lands Trust by Dr. Morris Stroud in 1990. This wildlife habitat is also a unique site for research by the Stroud Water Research Center, one of the premier stream research labs in North America.  And in addition there are also structures on this land which are fabulous and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. I took a lot of event photos, and have shared a few in this post. But anyone who wants any needs to contact the Natural Lands Trust.  Because if people want photos I am NOT asking to be paid for them, I wish a donation to be made to the Natural Lands Trust for them. What they do is so very important. And yes, these people throw fabulous events.  So many events these days are more hype than anything else. Their events are pretty, tasteful, and oh so much fun! (Click here for all event photos taken by me.) Thanks for stopping by!
Categories: Pennsylvania

T/E Taxpayers Draw Short Straw: School Board Approves $4.5 million maintenance building & 3.81% tax increase

Last night’s TE School Board meeting did not mark a good night for the District’s taxpayers!  Many of us left the meeting disheartened and feeling like the warm summer evening would have been better spent with a glass of Chardonnay.  Here are the highlights, or rather low-lights of the meeting. New Maintenance & Storage Building:  […]
Categories: Pennsylvania

'Universe, All Is Forgiven': Local Lawmaker's Facebook Post About Donald Trump Goes Viral

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-06-16 14:35
Pa. State Senator Daylin Leach reacted with humor to Donald Trump's announcement he'll seek the Republican nomination for president.
Categories: Lower Merion

Preliminary public transportation details for Pope's visit to Philadelphia released

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-06-16 12:47
PHILADELPHIA >> Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City and agency officials announced preliminary information about public transportation options during the World Meeting of Families convening, Sept. 22 to 25, 2015, and the weekend of the Papal Visit, Sept. 26 to 27, 2015.
Categories: Lower Merion

Four candidates seek interim Ward 2 appointment in Lower Merion

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-06-16 12:02
ARDMORE >> Lower Merion Township’s next Ward 2 commissioner could be: an attorney, a physician or the CEO of a 125-year-old business.
Categories: Lower Merion

Former Philly Anchorman Loses 'N-Word' Lawsuit

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-06-16 11:03
Tom Burlington alleged he was racially discriminated against when he was fired in 2007. A judge disagreed.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bill Delaying Keystone Exam Graduation Requirement Approved By Pa. Senate

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-06-16 10:47
The bill, which passed the state Senate unanimously, delays the Keystone Exam graduation requirement until the 2018-2019 school year.
Categories: Lower Merion

Philly Police Seeking Serial Cab Thief

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-06-16 09:58
Philadelphia Police are seeking a suspect in connection with a rash of cab thefts in West Philadelphia. Eight have been reported in a week.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion School Board OKs 3.55 percent tax hike; budget nears quarter-billion mark

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-06-16 08:44
Lower Merion School District officials Monday night approved the district’s final budget with spending that is closing in on a quarter of a billion dollars and its accompanied tax hike of 3.55 percent in order to cover a budget gap of $6.77 million.
Categories: Lower Merion