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Lower Merion Police Hosting Drug Take Back Day

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-04-12 08:56
Police departments across Montgomery County are helping citizens dispose of potentially dangerous medications lingering in cabinets.
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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, April 12

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-04-12 08:10
The Daily Numbers: 15 billion dollar economic impact on the region from Philadelphia International Airport.

3.6 billion dollar boost for Delaware County.

23,750 Delco residents employed at the airport.

17 percent of the badged workforce at the airport claims Delco as home.

96,000 full-time employees in total at the airport.

78 million dollars in taxes generated for city of Philadelphia.

2/3 of the airport actually sits in Delaware County.

50 residents slowly returning to their homes after fire roared through a Lansdowne apartment building Sunday.

11 years in prison for member of Warlocks motorcycle club from Upper Darby.

60, age of Andrew Carr, who was the former director of the Upper Darby Recreational Gym for 12 years.

2 crashes that snarled traffic on Baltimore Pike yesterday.

7 Irish American heroes saluted at the Delaware County Veterans Memorial Sunday.

71, age of J. Geils, founder of the J. Geils Band. He died this week.

2 Democrats seeking nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7.

20,000 people who used the pay-by-phone with the Philadelphia Parking Authority. It’s being shut down because the company providing it is going broke.v 145,000 dollars believed stolen from special needs clients by a Montgomery County attorney.

22 of May, when jury selection will commence in the Bill Cosby Trial.

3 home runs for Yoenis Cespedes for the Mets last night in romp over Phils.

14-4 shellacking of the Phils.

20 hits pounded out by the Mets.

2 1/3 innings for Phils starter Clay Buchholz, who left with arm strain.

14 extra base hits for the Mets.

8 game hitting streak for Odubel Herrera. He has hit in every game this year.

87.7 million operating profit for the Phillies. That’s tops in baseball.

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

It’s one thing to lose, it’s another to have your nose rubbed in it by all those cheering Mets fans.

I Don’t Get It: Cespedes clearly was in no hurry to round the bases on each of his 3 round-trippers.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Philly International, clearly a huge economic factor in the region.

Quote Box: “With two-thirds of the airport in our county, we are pleased to see the tremendous impact it has for our economy, business and residents.”

- Chamber of Commerce boss Trish McFarland, on report noting huge economic impact of airport on the region and county.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Another famous rock name gone

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-04-12 07:35
Neil Young lied.

The 'Southern Man' and rock icon once assured us "rock 'n' roll will never die."

Neil, I edit a newspaper for a living. Part of my job is to note the deaths of the famous and celebrities.

Rock 'n' Roll will never die, but its stars are slowly falling silent.

I think this all started when David Bowie passed away. Last year was an especially tough year for Boomers who saw one icon after another die off.

Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey. This year we lost Chuck Berry, one of the pioneers of rock music.

Today we lose a somewhat lesser name, but at the same time a famous name in rock music.

J. Geils died. He was 71.

Geils was the guitarist and founder of the J. Geils Band.

Raise your hand if you immediately think of the harmonica every time you think of the J. Geils Band.

It was the moment in every J. Geils Band performance you waited for.

"Whammer Jammer, can you hear me, Dicky."

That's when a gentleman named Richard Salwitz would wail away on his mouth organ. Of course we all simply knew him as Magic Dick.

It's a good thing we have the music. Indeed, it will never die.

Even if the rest of us get a little older every day. And the glory of our youth gets a little farther away in the rear-view mirror.

Rest well, J. Geils.
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About that Conchester Highway project

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-04-12 07:17
That old adage about good news and bad news applies if you happen to use the Conchester Highway, the infamous Route 322, every day.

The good news? The deadly stretch that connects I-95 in Chester with Route 1 out in Concord is finally going to be fixed, widened to four lanes, with the all-important left-turn lanes.

So what's the bad news? Traffic, which is a nightmare on normal days, is going to get worse. And it's going to be that way for a couple of years.

But it's worth the aggravation, not only for those who drive the Conchester, but for residents in the area who are tired of drivers zipping through their neighborhoods trying to dodge the traffic.

It's the price of progress - and it's on our editorial page today.
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Not a good night for Philly fans

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-04-12 06:52
It's one thing to lose a baseball game.

What happened to the Phillies - and their fans - last night was something else entirely.

The Phils got blown out by the Mets, shelled in an ugly 14-4 victory. The Mets pounded out 20 hits and seven home runs. Yoenis Cespedes hit three by himself. Reliever Adam Morgan surrendered four dingers, thus earning himself a ride to Allentown after the game.

To add insult to injury, Phils' starter Clay Buchholz left the game after just two and a third innings with a strain in his right forearm. He is not expected to make his next start. That might not be a bad thing after he got rocked for eight hits in his short stint.

None of that is what is most distressing about the Phils' loss last night however.

Adding additional insult to injury is seeing a throng of Mets jerseys sprinkled liberally throughout Citizens Bank Park, even dominating several sections. And then, of course, seeing those sections erupt in cheers every time the Mets hit another home run. They should have just had a spring on their derrieres last night - that's how often they were jumping out of their seats. And all of this comes with another troubling backdrop.

Forbes magazine yesterday ranked Major League Baseball teams according to their finances. Guess who checks in as the most profitable team in baseball? That would be none other than your local pinstripes.

The Phillies operating income - what they bring in vs. what they pay out - checks in at a healthy $87.7 million. The closest franchise is the Cubs at $83.8 million. The Cubs won the World Series last year. The Phils, well, you know the name of that tune.

That leads to this inevitable conclusion. You don't have to win to make money in pro sports. Endorsement deals and huge TV contracts assure owners of turning a nice profit before a single ticket is sold.

In Philadelphia, we know that all too well.
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how pain can steal your joy

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2017-04-11 17:08

Spring usually means I can get back into the garden. Not now, not me.

At the end of February into the first days of March I suffered a knee injury .

I have to be honest, it has been awful, the pain debilitating to say the least.

I am sure I will get fixed up, we are lucky that orthopedic medicine has come a long way but lordy, to not be able to walk and do everyday things sure puts it all into perspective. 

Usually about now I have lots of gardening posts,  now you know why I haven’t just yet. But I will! It is just going to take a while….

In the meantime— please feel free to share your gardening tales with me so I can live vicariously through the gardens of my readers!

Happy spring!

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Duck Donuts, Habit Burger Grill Opening At KOP Town Center

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-04-11 15:42
Two more food locations will open in King of Prussia this summer, as the Town Center continues to grow.
Categories: Lower Merion

Donate A Backpack, Get A Free Pizza At Jules

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-04-11 14:38
Jules is collecting 400 backpacks to donate to local foster children. If you bring one, you'll get a handsome reward: a free medium pizza.
Categories: Lower Merion

Disbarred Montco Attorney Stole $146K From Clients With Special Needs: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-04-11 14:22
The ex-attorney used the money meant for special needs clients for his own purposes, including meals, movie tickets, and sporting goods: DA.
Categories: Lower Merion

2 Months After Student's Frat House Death, Penn State President Pens Open Letter To Greek Community

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-04-11 13:11
President Eric Barron suggested that the continued defiance of the rules could mean "the beginning of the end of Greek life at Penn State."
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LMSD Music Education Community Among Nation's Best

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-04-11 11:05
Lower Merion School District is keeping the music arts alive and well. Great job!
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Lower Merion Doc Takes New Role At Organ Transplant Group

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-04-11 10:17
Dr. David J. Reich will serve as treasurer of a group that helps shape national organ transplant policies.
Categories: Lower Merion

Homes Listed for Sale in and Near Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-04-11 08:54
Looking for a 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

The race is on in the 7th

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-04-11 06:12
Well, that didn't take long.

Two Democrats yesterday announced their intention to take on incumbent Delaware County Congressman Pat Meehan, R-7.

And both made it clear who they were running against: Donald Trump and his policies.

Dan Muroff is an attorney and the former board president of the anti-gun violence group CeaseFirePa.

Molly Sheehan is a bioengineer and medical researcher.

Muroff is not a stanger to local politics. He entered the Democratic Primary in the 2nd Congressional District in 2016. He came in a distant fourth, behind the evential winner and the troubled Chaka Fattah, who was awaiting trial on corruption charges.

Whoever wins the Dem nomination will face an uphill fight against Meehan. The 7th District, once considered a tossup district, is now solidly Republican, thanks to the magic of redistricting. It now includes most of Delaware County, as well as a bizarre jigsaw shape that touches on four other suburban counties.

You can read our story on the challenge to Meehan here,.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Century Marks

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-04-11 05:52
Even after 100 years, some things don't change.

We still live in dangerous times. A century ago, America under President Woodrow Wilson was reticent about engaging in foreign entanglements. Then we plunged into World War I, ostensibly "the war to end all wars."

Didn't quite work out that way. A hundreds years later, we still find ourselves juggling crises on a world stage, even as many Americans look to pull back from our role as the "world's policeman."

This weekend two events took place in Delaware County to mark the historic events that took place 100 years ago.

In Media, they gathered to note the entry of America into World War I. And in Eddystone, they took the time to remember one of the borough's darkest days, and honor those lost in the great Eddystone Ammunitions Co. blast. More than 130 people lost their lives in the disaster. The remains of many of the victims were never recovered.

But that did not stop many from traveling to their common grave in Chester Rural Cemetery to remember the lessons of the past.

You can read our editorial here.
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Spring fever arrives

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-04-11 05:30
Back when I was a kid in school, an 80 was nothing to write home about.

Of course, it helps if you were a product of parochial elementary schools, where we awaited with trepidation those numerical grades, with a 95 being high praise, an 80 being about a B, 70 a C, and below that - well, we don't really like to talk about that.

More then a few decades later, 80 takes on a whole new meaning.

Yes, we actually hit 80 degrees yesterday, on April 10. That was the official recording at the airport. Raise your hand if you think of George Carlin every time someone mentions the temperature at the airport. (Ask your parents, kids!). We apparently hit 80 just after 4 p.m. yesterday. Unfortunately, by the time I got home just before 7, some clouds had dimmed the sun and there was a touch of chill in the air. I had to settle for standing out on the deck, dreaming of dripping hot, humid summer nights.

Today looks to be even better, as we threaten records set back in 1887. The forecasters tell us we could threaten the mark of 84 degrees. Which means that we could be facing a serious case of spring fever.

You can get the full forecast here.Now where did I put those golf clubs?
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New Mission BBQ Opens Near Plymouth Meeting Mall

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-04-10 17:42
Mission BBQ has officially opened their Plymouth Meeting location.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Sheriff's Office, Bomb Squad, Create 'Beeping' Easter Eggs For Blind Children

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-04-10 15:30
Thanks to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and Bomb Squad, blind children were able to participate in an Easter Egg hunt.
Categories: Lower Merion

Historic Montgomery County Inn Offering An Easter Farm Feast

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-04-10 15:17
The historic inn in Harleysville will have a three-course fixed price menu for Easter Sunday.
Categories: Lower Merion