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New choices liven the menu for Sixth Annual Taste of Ardmore Oct. 30

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-10-14 12:16
As Ardmore’s restaurant scene continues to grow, Taste of Ardmore, Ardmore Initiative’s annual celebration of local food and fashion, only becomes more flavorful.
Categories: Lower Merion

Officials tout infrastructure improvements on City Avenue and throughout region

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-10-14 12:16
With a newly paved City Avenue as a backdrop, several local and state officials were on hand Thursday afternoon at St. Joseph’s University to tout the benefits and infrastructure improvements that have been and will be taking place over the next few years due to last year’s passage of a major transportation funding bill known as Act 89.
Categories: Lower Merion

Coming Soon: 'Real Housewives of Philadelphia'?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-10-14 10:16
A producer is reportedly working on a local version of Bravo’s popular reality show.
Categories: Lower Merion

SEPTA reaches tentative deal with regional rail engineers

Main Line Times - Tue, 2014-10-14 09:45
SEPTA reached a tentative contract agreement with the engineers that operate its regional railway trains Monday, ending a four-year contract dispute.
Categories: Lower Merion

Time Names Mo'ne Davis Among Its Most Influential

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-10-14 09:42
The Philly phenom is in impressive company on the magazine’s list of 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014.
Categories: Lower Merion

Tomkenn Road Home for Rent in Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-10-14 09:00
Find nearby rental homes from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Oct. 14

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-10-14 08:01
The Daily Numbers: 3 homes damaged when a 2-alarm fire roared through a home in Clifton Heights.

2 residents treated for minor injuries when they jumped from a 2nd floor rear window to escape the flames.

50 minutes, how long it took to bring the fire under control.

3 parishes in Springfield who are wondering about their future. They are the latest to come under the review process that has been ongoing in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

36 years, how long Rep. Nick Micozzie, R-163, has served the residents of Upper Darby in Harrisburg. He will deliver his final remarks on the House floord on Wednesday. He is retiring from this seat.

4 year contract dispute between SEPTA and the engineers who run the regional rails that could be coming to end with a tentative contract.

8.5 percent wage hike for the engineers in the deal. That’s followed by another 3 percent in April.

1,240 dollar lump sum signing bonus for each union member under the deal.

2 million dollars, what it cost Darby Borough to build a new 14,000 square foot borough hall.

5 solutions for the issue of sound emanating from loudspeakers at George King Stadium in Nother Providence put forth by 3 residents who have been complaining about noise from events at the field.

2 hospitalized after a shooting incident in Chester Monday night.

2 local Acme supermarkets that will be closed. Both are in Bucks County.

130 employees at the 2 stores. They will be placed at other Acme stores.

20, age of Penn State student who now faces charges in connection with a threat made against the school’s main campus.

223.03 plunge on late trading for stock market yesterday.

1.35 percent decline.

1-2 weeks, how long Eagles running back Darren Sproles is expected to be out after suffering a knee sprain Sunday night vs. the Giants.

1,628 passing yards for Nick Foles. That puts him in 5th place among NFL signal callers.

4th in the league in rushing for LeSean McCoy on the strength of his 149-yard effort vs. Giants.

422 yards rushing for McCoy so far this year.

4-1 record for the Eagles next foe, the Cardinals, out in the desert in 2 weeks. They have their bye week this Sunday.

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

Raise your hand if you hate the bye week in the NFL. The Eagles are rolling at 5-1, but they won’t play again for 2 weeks.

I Don’t Get It: How could anyone steal the prosthetic leg from a veteran who was merely looking to entertain fans outside the Eagles game at the Linc Sunday night. Police continue to hunt for the inebriated young woman who made off with Sonny Forriest’s leg.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to state Rep. Nick Micozzie, who will make his final speech on the floor of the Pa. House today after serving Upper Darby for 36 years.

Quote Box: “I would be crushed if they closed the parish or the school.”

- Ronnie Sidebottom, parishioner at Holy Cross Church in Springfield, one of three Springfield parishes that are under review by the archdiocese.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Tropical and Unsettled Weather in Lower Merion Through Wednesday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-10-14 07:17
Those conditions will exit with heavy rain on Thursday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Changing the way we gather news

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-10-14 07:13
I have written many times over the past couple of years about the changing way we gather the news each day.

One of the biggest shifts is in an area that is sometimes referred to as "user generated content."

We are partnering with readers much more than we did in the past. We engage with them on Twitter and Facebook. We ask them to work with us on stories.

Today's front page would be a perfect example.

The photo of flames roaring through a home in Clifton Heights was not shot by one of our staff photographers.

As it turns out, we only had one photog on the schedule Monday, and she was on the other end of the county, out in Chichester. The key to covering breaking news, of course, is being on the scene when news erupts.

That's what happened yesterday when fire broke out in Clifton.

You can get all the details on the fire and the way several residents had to scramble out a window to escape the flames here from reporter Rose Quinn.

But we really needed an image to deliver the dramatic impact of this story.

That's where readers got involved. Today almost everyone has a smartphone capable to taking pictures and video.

When I realized we likely were not going to be able to get our photographer to the scene for anything other than an "after" shot, I went on social media in search of photos of the fire.

It didn't take long before I noticed the shot posted on a website used by Philadelphia area firefighters to document the conditions they deal with every day.

The photo was taken by Mike Jernegan. I was able to contact him via social media and ask him for permission to use the photo. Eventually we received several more pictures from people who witnessed the scene.

Our preference usually will be to have our own photographers shoot the photos that appear in the pages of our print edition as well as DelcoTimes.com. But the truth is we can't be everywhere.

When breaking news happens, I welcome readers to reach out to us, tell us what you know or saw, and offer any photos or video you have shot.

We will always deliver the news.

But today the process of gathering that news has fundamentally changed. We used to talk "at" readers. Now we are talking with them, asking them to join us in this process of chronicling what is happening here in Delco every day.

If you have something you'd like to share, reach out to me at editor@delcotimes.com.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The scariest word in the language: Ebola

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-10-14 06:50
The Ebola situation seems to get a little scarier every day.

Last week we dealt with the shock of the first death of a person with Ebola in the United States in a Dallas hospital. Now comes the equally unsettling news that a health care worker who was part of the team that treated that patient now has been diagnosed with Ebola.

Now comes word that Delaware County is putting together an Ebola task force.

They will meet for the first time today at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit to promote prevention measures,work with health care providers to ensure proper screenings and institute procedures established by the CDC.

We'll be there to provide full coverage.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The questions about Nick Foles

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2014-10-14 06:33
So, are you sold on Nick Foles yet?

It's usually not this hard, this business of making up our minds as to whether the guy standing behind center for the Birds is "the one."

I'm not exactly sure what a "franchise" quarterback is. I guess it's a little bit like the famous description of porn authored by none other than a U.S. Supreme Court justice: "I know it when I see it."

Well, I've seen Nick Foles now for an extended period of time, and I'm still not sure.

All of which may be beside the point.

The bottom line is this guy wins. He's the starting quarterback of a team that has raced out of the gate at 5-1 in the NFL season. He's coming off a Sunday night prime-time affair in which he led his team to a dominating, 27-0 win.

And yet he continues to display some confounding characteristics that simply will not allow that nagging feeling that he's not the guy to go away.

Sunday night Foles threw for 34 passes, completing 21 of them, including two TD tosses.

He also threw two incredibly bad interceptions, throws he never should have made.

It's those kinds of decisions that continue to shroud the Foles era, if there is such a thing.

I want Nick Foles to be the guy. But I still have my doubts. Maybe we all were spoiled last year when he somehow managed to do something that may never be repeated. After taking over the starter's job, Foles threw 27 touchdown passes and just two interceptions.

That has not been the case this year. Foles has been turning the ball over at a fairly prodigious clip.

More than that, his mechanics at time seem badly flawed. He has a tendency to drift backward in the face of a rush, leading him to throw passes off his back foot. That's a sure-fire recipe for turnovers.

None of which really matters.

5-1 is all that matters.

And Nick Foles is the guy who has quarterbacked the Birds to that sterling start.

Onward and upward.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Social Theater Group Seeking New Members

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2014-10-14 03:40
FUN + THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES = LIFE-LONG FRIENDSHIPS
Categories: Lower Merion

Election Day is November 4 – Who will be the next Pennsylvania Governor, 6th District Congressman and State House 157 Representative?

The countdown is on.  Like everyone else in this country, the residents of Tredyffrin are looking for solutions. In three short weeks, on Tuesday, November 4, is midterm Election Day. There are obvious signs throughout the township that its campaign season … political lawn signs seemingly reproduce nightly, candidate mailers arrive daily at our doors […]
Categories: Pennsylvania

Let's Play Dragon Age: Origins for Free

Just Snarky - Tue, 2014-10-14 02:50
What word that starts with the letter 'g', ending in the letter 's', and liked by everyone? Free, of course. Free games that is not often encountered, most generous publisher though most only give discounts. But giving away free game long enough run EA, and this time the phenomenal RPG title (in his time) can be enjoyed without paying.

On the House continue the program in Origin, Electronic Arts put one of the best role-playing game made ​​by BioWare to their list. Launched in 2009, Dragon Age: Origins gained much acclaim including dozens of Game of the Year awards from professional critics, and sold more than 3.2 million copies on the PC platform, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Maybe you've never tested or not at all familiar with the Dragon Age series. No problem, now is a good time to start. Apart from the spin-offs in mobile devices, the expansion pack and DLC, a new Dragon Age franchise has two main game. As the title of prime, many people argue that much more superior to Origins Dragon Age II, and they hope the Dragon Age: Inquisition was able to match the legendary title.

Before the film Game of Thrones popularize the theme of political intrigue, coups and violence in the Medieval fantasy world of Middle-earth a la JRR creations Tolkien, Dragon Age: Origins first present it digitally. Origins words in the title not only shows that he is the first game, but players can choose a character with six races and different backgrounds.

You can play the dwarf noble, under the care of a group of characters in witch, forest fairy, fairy town to get poor treatment of humans. The story of 'starters' are diverse, but each character will be drawn into a larger conflict with its own narasainya (City Elf and Human Noble has the most tragic story).

Through conversation option, you can form a suitable protagonist desire - evil or benevolent character. Just like an RPG, players will gather fellow companion. They have a complex personality and different interests, and at the end of the game, there will be one or two of these friends is a favorite companion. Creating interesting characters is the main skill BioWare.

To play Dragon Age: Origins for free, just visit the page On the House at Origin.com. Please click the button Get in Now in addition to the image of the game. Alternatively, log-in in the app launcher in Origin and directly access the home menu. Origins secure your coffee immediately before the date of October 15.
Categories: Lower Merion

apple maple pie

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2014-10-13 19:01


After watching the Food Network television show “Farmhouse Rules” the other day, I was inspired to bake a pie. So I decided to bake a homemade apple maple pie. I have baked this pie in the past, but this is the first time I have written down the recipe.

(Okay here is hoping that I have the proportions correct to give you for this recipe.)

9 inch vintage deep dish pie plate

Filling:
Four or five large apples peeled, cored, sliced
Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, mace to taste
1 1/2 tablespoon of butter in little pieces
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup of flour
1/4 cup sugar
Couple tablespoons of apple cider

Crust:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoon sugar
8 tablespoons butter
6 to 7 tablespoons water

Assemble crust using pastry blender and wrap dough in Saran wrap and refrigerate for at least half an hour.

While crust is chilling, assemble filling.

You will have enough dough for a rolled out bottom layer crust and strips for lattice top. I’m using a slightly smaller than normal but deep pie plate. Use a pastry brush to brush the lattice strips with a little milk and sprinkle with sugar.

Tip: I roll my piecrust out between sheets of Saran wrap or parchment paper.

Tip: after I have rolled my crust to the desired thickness and I have put it in my pie plate, I throw into the freezer for a few minutes to firm up before I fill with pie filling.

Heat oven to 425°. Bake pie on a cookie sheet to catch any spills. Bake 12 to 14 minutes at 425°, reduce oven to 350° and keep an eye on it and bake approximately 50 minutes more, or slightly less depending on your oven.

Serve with vanilla ice cream or thin slices of a good local cheddar cheese.

The vintage pie plate came from the Smithfield Barn.

Enjoy and happy baking!


Categories: Pennsylvania

SEPTA, Regional Rail Engineers Reach Tentative Agreement

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-10-13 16:42
The agreement will avert a strike.
Categories: Lower Merion

Officials tout infrastructure improvements on City Avenue and throughout region

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-10-13 16:06
With a newly paved City Avenue as a backdrop, several local and state officials were on hand Thursday afternoon at St. Joseph’s University to tout the benefits and infrastructure improvements that have been and will be taking place over the next few years due to last year’s passage of a major transportation funding bill known as Act 89.
Categories: Lower Merion

Opera Mini browser Coming to the Samsung Galaxy Gear S

Just Snarky - Mon, 2014-10-13 15:23
Opera Mini is previously widely used by smartphone users, the interesting part of this application is its ability to compress a web page so that in addition to offering a faster connection, and Internet data that will be cheaper.
Recently reported that Opera Mini will be present on device smartwatch Samsung Galaxy Gear S that runs on the Android platform Wear.

Although the smart watches Samsung Galaxy Gear S has had its own browser, but the presence of the Opera Mini browser will offer additional options for users of the Samsung smart watches when accessing web content on their wrist.

Moreover, because the smart watches Samsung Galaxy S has been crammed facilities Gear SIM card can access data independently.

Browser created by a software company based in Norway that has the Speed ​​Dial feature that displays the bookmarks page website in the form of large icons so this feature will make it easier for users of smart watches to access a website with just one touch of a finger.

In the future, most likely the Opera Mini browser will also be present for other smartwatch devices running the Android operating system by using the Wear, but as yet no details about the news. Opera Mini for Samsung Galaxy Gear S will be pre-loaded in a specific area and can be downloaded for free via the browser at m.opera.com for which has had S. Gear

Features of Opera Mini for smartwatch will certainly have the same features with the features of the smartphone version of the Opera Mini browser, including support JavaScript, storage favorite sites (bookmarks), previous history (history), user name and password reminders, personal link (private browsing ), and SmartPage features a screen that displays the latest updates from social media accounts owned by the user or the latest news updates that appear on one page.

Smartwatch device users will also be easier to operate the browser Opera Mini on their wrist because Opera Mini version of smartwatch applications will support gesture commands such as double-tap or 'mecubit' screen (pinch-to-zoom) to zoom in and zoom out of the page, or slide your finger left or right to move to a web page which has been opened.

Another interesting thing, the browser Opera Mini also offers offline reading feature, where users can read web content that has been stored without requiring longer data access.

Previously, the browser Opera Mini also has a presence in various kinds of mobile platforms like J2ME, Symbian, BlackBerry OS, iOS and Android. No wonder if the browser made ​​by Opera Software ASA is based in Norway is now available for the Android platform Wear, one of the platforms for wearable devices that will become more and more popular in the future.
Categories: Lower Merion

Opera Mini Have Thirty Million Active Users in Indonesia

Just Snarky - Mon, 2014-10-13 15:08
Opera announced that its flagship mobile browser Opera Mini is used by more than thirty million users each month (monthly active users). That number puts Indonesia as the second largest user of Opera Mini in the world after India. A quarter of smartphone users, especially Android. This figure is up 2.5 times than last year.

We can not deny that despite technological trends have shifted to the adoption of smartphones, Opera Mini still get a place because of its compression technology. Opera Software CEO Lars Boilesen in a press release said, "The more the population of Indonesia is connected to the Internet through their devices, and we believe that the Opera Mini browser is the fastest and easiest to use are available in the market."

Opera findings stated that the average age of users of Opera Mini in Indonesia is 24 years, with 4 out of 10 users are still attending school or university. In addition, although still dominated by feature phone users, Opera Mini adoption of smartphones has remained in the realm of the fantastic.

There is a 154% increase for the use of smartphones, with the highest growth rate recorded by Android 156%, followed by iOS at 71%. Despite the popularity of BlackBerry continues to decline, it turns out the use of Opera Mini on this platform achieve increased 54% over the last year.

Furthermore, nearly half (exactly 42%) users of Opera Mini on Android using Samsung brand. Successive behind Samsung is Advan, Sony, Smartfren, and Evercoss with the cake that is not too far away.


For feature phone itself, which is actually still dominates, still dominated by Nokia phones. Opera itself has just cooperated with the Microsoft Mobile (formerly Nokia) to make Opera Mini as the default browser for non-Lumia range of phones.

Associated with the presidential election just passed, Opera notes that the statistics related to the content of law, government, and politics dominated the browser usage among consumers Opera Mini in Indonesia. There are 59% of active users are trying to achieve to date information in the segment.

As we suspected earlier, the news portal to get the blessing throughout the implementation of this democratic party. Opera mentioned five news portals that are most frequently accessed Seconds, Coverage 6, Compass, Tribune News, and Independence.

Tribune News Coverage 6 and obtain the greatest improvement from the previous year. On average, every Android users in Indonesia in 1225 opened the page using Opera Mini to access the information during the presidential election.

Seeing segment Opera Mini users, I wonder if they are targeting the entry-level smartphone users with a monthly expenditure for data packets is not too large. Opera Mini compression capabilities that claimed up to 90% will allow consumers to access more pages with data consumption more efficient.

To reach more Indonesian people join online, Opera Director Asia Growth Ivollex Hodiny mention there are three strategies they do to invite non-users.

The strategy is a special data packet Opera Mini is affordable with mobile operators, in collaboration with partners including the scheme pre-installed with local smartphone vendors, and the presence of community meetup. Opera even took Calvin Harris as Brand Ambassador, something which was first performed by Opera to promote their products in a country.
Categories: Lower Merion

Try to Compete with Google Glass, Toshiba Glass Come With New Display Technology

Just Snarky - Mon, 2014-10-13 15:01

Augmented reality wearable device made ​​to modify the real world with digital content. With it, it opens new possibilities in the field of entertainment as well as overhaul the way we get information. Google Glass is currently the most promising device wearable AR, but the alternatives made ​​by Toshiba might be able to make consumers turn away.

In the event the annual Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies Japan, the company introduced a 3D TV ever 'glassesless' first in the world (RZ1) reveal a product in order to compete with Google's wearable AR Glass. The gadget was introduced with the name Toshiba Glass. Although essentially the same function, Toshiba brings a different approach to the display technology of augmented reality glasses another.

In Google Glass, there is an extra lens as a medium channeling object to the AR content that you see. Clear cube that serves to reflect the results of the projection so that the eyes can see. The concept is still held by Toshiba, but the execution is seamless. Instead of using an external lens, the reflector integrated into the lens of the glasses to the right.

That is, no additional lens that interfere with the user's view, and you are not the center of attention. When he switched off, it feels just like wearing regular glasses. When viewed more closely in a particular angle, it will look fine incisions in the lens to reflect projections. When turned on, you immediately see virtual images floating in front of the eye - such as Google Glass.

According to the tester, the result image is not as sharp as Thoshiba Glass competitor's product, and a new look up if you are in a dimly lit room. The producers still need to find a method that Toshiba Glass can deliver results on a picture perfect sunny conditions. But without the external reflector, Toshiba admirable achievement.

Toshiba Glass requires a constant connection to your smartphone. He has fewer features than the Google Glass because of the lack of a camera. Basically, this device only transmits the handset to view content. The biggest drawback is the lack of wireless connectivity - the smartphone and Toshiba Glass must be connected via a cable.

Interestingly, the cable connection is the solution to the problem battery performance wearable device from Toshiba. The reason, the built-in battery is claimed to make the Google Glass becomes heavy. Will be available three models of Toshiba Glass: standard, sporty and industrial (a la glasses lab). He promised present in the next year at a price much cheaper than the Google Glass - currently priced at $ 1,500.
Categories: Lower Merion