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Rep. Stephen Bloom is the Forgotten Taxpayer’s Friend – He votes NAY to authorizing more debt for the Pennsylvania Taxpayer

The Liberty Blog - Mon, 2014-09-08 10:28

   Stephen Bloom voted NAY to authorizing more debt on the Pennsylvania Taxpayers. He was one of 22 voting NAY including 8 Democrats. Everyone in Republican Leadership voted YEA for more debt.

Stephen Bloom District 199 Republican, serving Cumberland County (Part) Member of the House  2011 to date

 Act 128 of 2014 is the Capital Budget Act and authorizes incurring debt  

Fiscal Note House Committee on Appropriations:“Estimated annual debt service assuming the same interest rate and level annual debt service would be $6,878,000 for twenty years. If the full authorization of $1,295,000,000 were sold at an interest rate of 3.25%, total estimated debt service would be $1,781,373,000 or $89,069,000 each year for twenty years.”

The House votes on Act 128 of 2014

   Disappointingly, Reps DUNBAR EVANKOVICH, KRIEGER (odd, Rep. Krieger is usually votes for the taxpayer) GABLER , REGAN(York) SACCONE, SANKEY  THEN ENTIRE PRO-LIFE LANCASTER DELEGATION voted YEA. These are not the Forgotten Taxpayers’ friends. 






Categories: Pennsylvania

Multiple burglaries, thefts from cars reported in Lower Merion

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-09-08 10:06
Lower Merion police say numerous burglaries and thefts from cars were reported late last week in various parts of the township.
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The Daily Numbers for Monday, Sept. 8 - Eagles Edition

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-09-08 07:51
The Daily Numbers: 2 interceptions and 27 TD passes for Nick Foles last year.

3 turnovers for the QB in the 1st half yesterday vs. the Jags.

17-0 halftime deficit for the Birds.

34 unanswered points in 2nd half to post 34-17 win.

49 yard TD bolt from Darren Sproles on 4th and 1 in 3rd quarter to change the momentum in game.

51 yard field goal from rookie kicker Cody Parkey. He later added a 28-yarder.

5 touchbacks on 7 kickoffs for the rookie Parkey.

15 of 21 for Foles in 2nd half for 185 yards.

27 of 45 for 322 yards in the game for Eagles QB.

13 passes, how long it took for Foles to throw an INT this year. Last year he did not do that until throw No. 238.

62 yards on 4 punt returns for Sproles, who may have been Eagles offensive MVP.

74 yards on 21 carries for LeSean McCoy.

11 carries for 71 yards for Sproles.

2 TD catches for undrafted rookie free agent Allen Hurns for the Jags.

2 key injuries to the depleted offensive line, as tackle Allen Barbre and guard Evan Mathis left game. Mathis is due for MRI today. His knee buckled on him when McCoy fell on back of his leg in a pileup.

1-0 record, with a Monday Night Football date in Indianapolis coming up next.

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

Raise your hand if you were calling for Mark Sanchez during that ugly 1st half? Thought so.

I Don’t Get It: How can Nick Foles look so bad at times, and out of this world an hour later?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Chip Kelly. Most of all he didn’t panic, and he made the adjustments at halftime that allowed the Birds to recover and salvage what would have been a disastrous opening day loss.

Quote Box: “We weren’t throwing chairs or anything during halftime. It was just ‘Hey, settle down This is what they’re giving us.’”

- Chip Kelly, on what he had to say to Eagles at halftime down 17-0 to Jags.
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A glaring error on Page One - & a very nice email pointing it out

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-09-08 07:11
I used my print column today to talk about something that many editors try to avoid like the plague - mistakes.

It's true, we make them every day.

But we don't always acknowledge them.

Sometimes, our readers do that for us.

In the 24-hour news cycle that we now are engulfed in, speed is of the essence. It also can be deadly. That's what happened last weekend.

We made a fairly simple - yet still glaring - error on the front page.

But it was something that happened afterward, an email I got from a very special reader pointing it out, that stayed with me.

Thanks, Sister Maggie! I owe you one.
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For openers, call it a Tale of Two Halves

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-09-08 06:49
It was the worst of times, it was the - well, maybe not the best, but then again it couldn't get much worse.

This wasn't Dickens' 'A Tale of Two Cities;' it was the Eagles season opener vs. the Jaguars.

Call it A Tale of Two Halves.

Raise your hand if at some point during that horrific first 30 minutes of football you were calling for Mark Sanchez. Count me in.

For Nick Foles, this was last year's Dallas Debacle Part II. In a word, Foles was horrible as the Eagles fell behind 17-0. To his - and Chip Kelly's - credit, they made the necessary adjustments and blitzed the Jags in the second half, scoring 34 unanswered points to win going away.

Last year, you might remember, Foles was magical, throwing 27 touchdown passes and only two interceptions. He blew that up in the first half yesterday, when he turned the ball over three times, twice on fumbles and once when he tossed an interception in the end zone just as the Eagles looked like they were ready to get on the board.

Yesterday's first half will now be known as Exhibit A in that nagging feeling that Foles is not the guy, not a franchise quarterback.

He held the ball too long, showed no presence of the internal clock that every NFL quarterback needs to let him know to get rid of the ball. He looked confused, and again slid into the kind of sloppy mechanics - bad footwork, throwing while moving backward or flat-footed - that he's hinted at before.

That was the first half.

Luckily, they still play two halves in the NFL.

Give the credit for yesterday's win to Chip Kelly. He heard the boos showering down on him and his team as they jogged off the field at halftime. Kelly went to work, made the adjustments, and then executed them perfectly in the second half.

I don't remember another Eagles coach who could have done what Kelly did yesterday. How many times do you think Andy Reid would have thrown the ball in the second half down 17-0. Do you think he would have called a gutsy run up the middle with Darren Sproles on a crucial 4th down play.

Kelly did - and it turned the tide of the game. Sproles blew through a gaping hole in the center of a Jags' defense that was clearly confused by Kelly's hurry-up decision to go for it on 4th down. The result? A 49-yard TD run that reversed the course of what was shaping up to be a disastrous opening day for Kelly and the Eagles.

Foles settled down and went 15 of 21 for 185 yards in the second half. He consistently found wide open receivers, including seam routes to budding superstar tight end Zach Ertz and wideout Jeremy Maclin, who was open all day, and didn't have a Jag in the same zip code on an easy 68 yard TD pass.

Even Cody Parkey rose to the challenge, crushing a 51-yard field goal that also helped turn the tide, and booming one kickoff after another to the back of the end zone, leaving the Jags with a long field.

After falling into a 17-0 hole and getting booed off the field, the Eagles went off, dropping 34 unanswered second half points on the shellshocked Jaguars.

Give this win to Kelly. His calm halftime adjustments - and his refusal to abandon the run - salvaged an opening day in which he may also have lost key offensive lineman Evan Mathis.

Kelly did not panic. He did not pull the rug out from under a struggling Foles, and it paid off with a huge rally.

The doubts will continue about Foles.

Franchise QB? The jury is still out on that one.

Franchise coach? I think we learned that yesterday.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Hearings postponed on demolition, development of Lower Merion's William Penn Inn

Main Line Times - Sun, 2014-09-07 22:40
There is a reprieve of sorts for Lower Merion’s historic William Penn Inn, targeted for demolition in a development plan.
Categories: Lower Merion

Governor Announces Recent Appointments, Nominations

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-09-07 21:49
Among the appointments are those to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
Categories: Lower Merion

Official Prayer, Iconic Image Released for World Meeting of Families

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-09-07 21:35
The event is set for September 2015.
Categories: Lower Merion

vintage quilts and dear friends

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2014-09-07 11:16

This morning as I was out in the garden planting ferns that someone generously gave me when they were thinning theirs out, my friend Sara stopped by. She had with her a beautiful vintage quilt that she had made herself in the early 1960s.

Her kids didn’t need it, and neither did her granddaughters, so it came to me. Now my friend is one of the most practical people I have ever met in my entire life, and she would shake her head and tell me that she was merely giving it to someone who would use it. To me it is much more than that.

It is no secret I love vintage textiles, especially things like quilts and other kinds of linens. I am not a quilter, but I do know how to repair and reuse vintage quilts that need a little love. This one is in almost perfect condition so all it will need is a bed.

Beyond that I am touched that she would give me something she made like this. Sara is a friend I made as an adult. I find her to be a very remarkable person. She means a very great deal to me.

Thank you for the quilt, Sara.

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Police continue investigation of Merion burglary, assault of homeowners with hammer

Main Line Times - Sun, 2014-09-07 09:17
Lower Merion police are continuing the investigation and search for the suspect in a burglary and assault that occurred inside a home in Merion over the weekend.
Categories: Lower Merion

5 interviewed for vacant seat on Narberth council

Main Line Times - Sun, 2014-09-07 08:59
The members of the Narberth Borough Council are expected Monday night to name one of five applicants to fill a vacant spot on the council to finish out the term of one of its elected members who resigned last month.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore 'excited' and 'nervous' about revived Cricket Lot development

Main Line Times - Sun, 2014-09-07 08:58
Reaction was mixed this week to news that redevelopment of Ardmore’s Cricket Avenue parking lot is back from what many took to be certain death.
Categories: Lower Merion

This Saturday: Bryn Mawr Day returns for town-wide party

Main Line Times - Sun, 2014-09-07 08:55
If there is one word to describe 2014’s Bryn Mawr Day – besides “fun,” “fresh,” “family-friendly” and “free” – it’s “expanded.”
Categories: Lower Merion

Pennsylvania State Police Officer injured when cruiser crashes in Villanova

Main Line Times - Sun, 2014-09-07 00:47
A Pennsylvania State Trooper and a civilian received minor injuries after a crash at Matsonford and Countyline Roads in Villanova Saturday evening. The officer was pursuing a black Cadillac south on Matsonford Road when the accident happened about 5:30 p.m. The Cadillac lost control on Matsonford Road and crashed into the woods near Harford Lane.
Categories: Lower Merion

'I Love You and I Believe in You': Teacher's Letter Goes Viral in Wake of Tragedy

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2014-09-06 22:13
A letter by teacher Tom Cunningham has gone viral as the Council Rock community mourns the death of three 15-year-olds.
Categories: Lower Merion

WATCH: Mo'ne Davis Strikes Out Jimmy Fallon

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2014-09-06 21:39
The Taney Dragons phenom and her longtime catcher appeared on “The Tonight Show” Friday.
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The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Heron's Nest - Sat, 2014-09-06 05:16
Welcome to Year Two of the Chip Kelly Era. It’s been a long time since the Eagles walked off the field at the Linc wondering how they had just lost a home playoff game to the Saints.

The hotshot college coach out of Oregon stunned everyone last year by taking a 4-12 team and standing it on its head, going 10-6, winning the NFC East and returning the Birds to the playoffs.

Of course, once they got on the big stage, they came up short, losing a very winnable game on their home field to the Saints.

Much has changed since then. DeSean Jackson is now a member of that team without a nickname down in Washington. Michael Vick is a Jet. Nick Foles enters the season as the unquestioned starting quarterback, even if some fans are still not ready to slap the franchise tag on him.

The Eagles should be better, but are they good enough to make a deep run in the playoffs. Are they a Super Bowl team? Luckily, the Birds play in what is shaping up to be a thoroughly mediocre NFC East. They should win it without breaking a sweat.

While it is unlikely Foles will put up the kind of glittering numbers he did last year - 27 TD passes against just 2 interceptions - he should be solid. And that is really all the quarterback has to be on a team that features the best running back in the league. That would be LeSean McCoy. Darren Sproles will be another big weapon, along with the emergency of tight end Zach Ertz as a star.

Some questions remain on the defensive side of the ball. Did the Birds upgrade enough in the off-season. Their No. 1 pick, linebacker Marcus Smith, will not make an immediate impact. But a unit that was markedly better under Billy Davis in the second half of the year should continue to improve.

Then there is the kicker. Shaky Alex Henery got the boot. Untested rookie Cody Parkey kicked three field goals - two from more than 50 yards out - to win the job. But he’s never kicked in a real NFL game, let alone with a game on the line with seconds left on the clock.

The schedule is tougher as well, but not this week.

The Birds should cruise by the Jacksonville Jaguars. If they don’t that is not a good sign.

Welcome to Year Two of the Chip Kelly Era. Onward and upward, coach.

The Pick: Make it Eagles 31, Jags 16. DeSean who? Big day for Nick Foles throwing to a dizzying array of tight ends. Parkey has a good debut, but his day will include at least one worrisome miss. Mark Sanchez might even see some time if the Birds are rolling.

Last Week: The Eagles are coming off an exhibition season that saw them get better each week. That’s a good sign. Kelly’s team should be revved up and ready to roll. Maybe the best thing I saw in this pre-season is that should anything happen to Foles - or if he struggles - Sanchez looks supremely confident in Kelly’s offense. That’s a huge plus.

Season Record: The slate is clean. But I’m coming off a pretty good year. Both the Birds and I wound up the regular season with identical 10-6 records. Not a bad year for either of us. OK, raise your hand if you had Chip Kelly winning 10 games and getting the Eagles into the playoffs in Year One? I didn’t think so.

Game by Game: Eagles 33, Redskins 27 (My Pick: Redskins 31, Eagles 23)

Chargers 33, Eagles 30 (My Pick: Eagles 33, Chargers 17)

Chiefs 26, Eagles 16 (My Pick: Eagles 31, Chiefs 23)

Broncos 52, Eagles 20 (My Pick: Broncos 41, Eagles 27)

Eagles 36, Giants 21 (My Pick: Eagles 29, Giants 26)

Eagles 31, Buccaneers 20 (My Pick: Eagles 26, Buccaneers 17)

Cowboys 17, Eagles 3 (My Pick: Cowboys 33, Eagles 23)

Giants 15, Eagles 7 (My Pick: Giants 26, Eagles 23)

Eagles 49, Raiders 20 (My Pick: Raiders 23, Eagles 13)

Eagles 27, Packers 13 (My Pick: Eagles 29. Packers 16)

Eagles 24, Redskins 16 (My Pick: Eagles 33, Redskins 27)

Eagles 24, Cardinals 21 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Cardinals 19)

Eagles 34, Lions 20 (My Pick: Eagles 24, Lions 23)

Vikings 48, Eagles 30 (My Pick: Eagles 31, Vikings 19) Eagles 54, Bears 11 (My Pick: Bears 29, Eagles 27)

Eagles 24, Cowboys 22 (My Pick: Eagles 33, Cowboys 23)

Of course, I also picked them to beat the Saints. I had it Eagles 26, Saints 23. I had the score almost right, but I should have flipped the teams as the Saints held on for a 26-24 win.
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5 interviewed for vacant seat on Narberth council

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-09-05 18:11
The members of the Narberth Borough Council are expected Monday night to name one of five applicants to fill a vacant spot on the council to finish out the term of one of its elected members who resigned last month.
Categories: Lower Merion

5 interviewed for vacant seat on Narberth council

Main Line Times - Fri, 2014-09-05 18:09
The members of the Narberth Borough Council are expected Monday night to name one of five applicants to fill a vacant spot on the council to finish out the term of one of its elected members who resigned last month.
Categories: Lower Merion

African Lion Cubs Make Their Debut at Philadelphia Zoo

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-09-05 17:56
The four lion cubs were born in June.
Categories: Lower Merion