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POSTED: Friday, March 28, 2014, 3:11 PM

While state, county and municipal officials have largely finished their post-disaster studies of the hellish Feb. 5 ice storm, many residents are still dealing with the aftermath.

In Lower Merion, special garbage pickup days were designated to get rid of the fallen tree branches and other debris left behind by the storm.  Pickups began this week, but won't be finished until April 9.

The township debated whether to hire outside contractors, use city crews on overtime, or rely on residents to do the cleanup.   In the end they decided on a hybrid approach, with residents gathering the debris and setting it curbside for city trash crews to pick up, eventually.

Jessica Parks and Michaelle Bond @ 3:11 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 5:35 PM

What do you think people 100 years from now should know about today’s Upper Merion Township?

Upper Merion officials are asking residents to help answer that question by contributing “future artifacts” to a time capsule that is being assembled, said assistant public information officer Justin Friend.

Burying the capsule was supposed to take place as the final event of the township’s tri-centennial celebration last year. But there was snow and there was ice and there was cold, cold weather — and there was no way officials were going to make people stand outside in all that unpleasantness. So the finale was snugly scheduled for a spring-y May 1.

Carolyn Davis @ 5:35 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6:04 PM

It used to be if you wanted to throw out leftover prescription medications, the advice was to mix them in with, ahem, well-worn kitty litter, so no one would consider plucking them from your garbage. Last April, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office began a program where people securely could deposit those drugs. Initially there were 10 drop boxes throughout the county. The program has proven so successful -- and the problem of illegally used and sold prescription drugs is so severe -- that the program has been expanded.

Here is a list of all the locations where the secure drop containers are, as of March 11. The hours for their accessibility are in parentheses.

  • Abington Township Police Department - 1168 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001 (24/7)
  • Bridgeport Borough Police Department - 4th& Mill Streets, Bridgeport, PA 19405
    (8 a.m.- 4 p.m., M-F)
  • Douglass Township Police Department - 1320 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville, PA 19525
    (8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri.)
  • Franconia Township Police Department - 671 Allentown Road, Telford, PA 18969 (24/7)
  • Hatfield Township Police Department - 2000 School Road, Hatfield, PA 19440 (24 hrs, Mon. - Fri.)
  • Lansdale Borough Police Department -35 Vine St., Lansdale, PA 19446 (24/7)
  • Limerick Township Police Department - 646 West Ridge Pike, Limerick, PA 19468 (8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri.)
  • Lower Providence Township Police Department - 100 Parklane Dr., Eagleville, PA
    19403 (7 a.m. - 8 p.m., Mon. - Fri.)
  • Lower Merion Township Police Department - 71 East Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, PA 19003
    (24/7)
  • Lower Moreland Township Police Department - 640 Red Lion Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA
    19006 (7 a.m. - 10:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri., and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday.)
  • Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Department - 2199 Buchert Road, Pottstown, PA 19464
    (8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Mon. - Fri., and by appointment)
  • Marlborough Township Police Department - 6040 Upper Ridge Rd., Green Lane, PA
    19525 (9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mon. - Fri.)
  • Montgomery County Courthouse (two main entrances), Swede & Airy Streets., Norristown, PA 19403
    (8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., Mon. - Fri.)
  • New Hanover Township Police Department - 2943 North Charlotte St.,
    Gilbertsville, PA 19525 (24/7)
  • Plymouth Township Police Department - 700 Belvoir Rd., Plymouth Meeting, PA
    19462 (24/7)
  • Pottstown Police Department - 100 East High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 (24/7)
  • Souderton Police Department - 31 West Summit St., Souderton, PA 18964 (24/7)
  • Upper Dublin Township Police Department - 801 Loch Alsh Ave., Fort Washington,PA 19034 (24/7)
  • Upper Merion Township Police Department - 175 W. Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia, PA
    19406 (24/7)
  • Upper Perkiomen Police Department - 88 West 6th St., Pennsburg, PA 18073 (8 a.m. -
    4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri.)
  • Upper Providence Township Police Department - 1286 Black Rock Rd., Oaks, PA
    19456 (8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Mon.-Fri.)
  • Whitpain Township Police Department - 960 Wentz Rd., Blue Bell, PA 19422
    (24/7)
Carolyn Davis @ 6:04 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 4:26 PM

Every year, Montgomery County Community College holds a Presidential Symposium.  This year's event has a civil rights theme, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the college's founding in 1964 -- the same year that the Civil Rights Act was signed into law.

Headlining the 2014 symposium is Judy Shepard, whose son Matthew died in 1998 after being brutally attacked by fellow students at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.  Matthew, who was gay, became the focal point and namesake of the federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

After her son's death, Shepard and her husband founded the Matthew Shepard Foundation. She began traveling the country for speaking engagements and protests, advocating for equality and tolerance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in society.  She pushed for tougher penalties for violent crimes motivated by discrimination.  Congress passed and President Obama signed such a law, named for Matthew, in October 2009.

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POSTED: Friday, March 21, 2014, 1:33 PM
(April Saul / Inquirer Staff Photographer)

Spring might have sprung, but winter's wood is still in our yards. Lower Merion Township has announced a schedule for removing storm debris, beginning Monday. Here's the 411 from the township: 

Storm Debris Removal to Begin March 24th, Will Last 3 Weeks

Lower Merion Township will be making a special bulk pick-up of tree and branch debris left in the wake of this winter's harsh ice and snow storms, in accordance with the schedule below. The pick-ups will start March 24th and run through April 9th.

Carolyn Davis @ 1:33 PM  Permalink | 0
POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 11:45 AM
Filed Under: Montgomery

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