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POSTED: Monday, December 31, 2012, 12:17 PM

This just in from the county:

“Code Blue” Cold Weather Declaration

Norristown, PA (December 31, 2012 - The Montgomery County Commissioners, on the advice of the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, have declared a Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency for Montgomery County based on a review of forecasts from the National Weather Service.

Carolyn Davis @ 12:17 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Friday, December 28, 2012, 1:10 PM

I figured Montco Memo readers and others would be interested in this after a West Deptford N.J. reader emailed me asking for an explanation of the U.S. act that may have provoked the Russian ban on Americans adopting from that country. Here is a pretty clear explanation, from the  American Interest, a magazine that describes itself as a nonpartisan look at world affairs.

December 18, 2012 What the Magnitsky Act Means If implemented properly, it could mean the restoration of a normative dimension to Western policy on Russia. David J. Kramer and Lilia Shevtsova

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POSTED: Thursday, December 27, 2012, 3:41 PM

Montgomery County health and public safety officials have declared a "Code Blue" emergency for cold weather.

The warning starts at 6 p.m. Thursday and ends at 6 p.m. Monday. During that time, county agencies will provide shelter, food and clothing to people in need -- primarily the homeless.

Families can seek shelter at the Salvation Army in Pottstown or Norristown.  In addition, 50 single beds are available at the County Homeless Outreach Center in Building 53 of the Norristown State Hospital.  Transportation may be provided.

Jessica Parks @ 3:41 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 2:07 PM

Give your Christmas tree a proper burial by dropping it off at a recycling center. 

Take off the lights, ornaments and stand, and don't put the tree in a bag (they gum up the machinery).

Jessica Parks @ 2:07 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 11:26 AM

This press release from SEPTA came in to Montco Memo's email seconds ago. Good news for commuters.

Schedule Adjustments Preserve Routes 94 and 132

Many Passengers Will See Minimal or No Change to Their Service

PHILADELPHIA, PA (December 26, 2012) – As a result of the loss of county funding, SEPTA held public hearings in mid-October to consider discontinuing weekday evening and selected Saturday and Sunday trips on Routes 94 and 132. Route 94 connects Montgomery Mall and Chestnut Hill, serving Montgomery County Community College and Ambler. Route 132 connects Telford and Montgomery Mall, serving Lansdale.
Based on the feedback received during the public hearings, SEPTA re-evaluated the proposal, with the goal of preserving the most critical service in a cost-efficient manner. The new service plan retains trips that serve the needs of evening shift workers and Community College students. The plan has been developed in conjunction with Montgomery County officials.
While schedule details are being finalized, with changes to be effective February 17, 2013, the plan is as follows:
Route 94
♦ The last nighttime trips from Montgomery Mall and Montgomery County Community College will be retained at or near the current time, allowing workers who close stores at the mall or who have evening classes to retain service.
Some evening trip times are being modified to allow for more efficient use of SEPTA buses and financial resources.
Sunday service will be scaled to reflect retail opening and closing times, with limited midday service.
Route 132
The last nighttime trips from Montgomery Mall will be retained at the current time, allowing workers who close stores at the mall to retain service.
Saturday morning trips, while adjusted, will still provide access to retail businesses prior to store opening times.
Some evening trip times are being modified to allow for more efficient use of SEPTA buses and financial resources. The last nighttime trip from Telford will operate earlier than currently scheduled.
Sunday service will be scaled to reflect retail opening and closing times, with limited midday service.
With this plan, many passengers should see minimal or no change to their service.

The greatest change will occur on Sundays, where service frequencies will be limited at times of lowest ridership.
SEPTA appreciates the response of riders, businesses, institutions and local governments in this process. Those comments were strongly considered in the development of the new Route 94 and 132 service plan.
Current service remains in effect until February 17, 2013. The new Route 94 and 132 schedules will be available at www.septa.org on or about February 3, 2013. Look for an announcement in the News and Events section of the homepage.

Carolyn Davis @ 11:26 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Friday, December 21, 2012, 6:54 PM
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POSTED: Friday, December 21, 2012, 6:46 PM

This came in today from the Lower Merion Police Department: It's the department's press release, verbatim.

On the above date and time officers responded to the 200 block of Gypsy Ln. Wynnewood on the report of a burglary in progress.  A description of a white male wearing a black sweatshirt was observed fleeing the scene.  Also there was information provided about a maroon Mazda displaying New Jersey registration near the scene which was occupied by a white female.  Officers checking the area located a maroon Mazda Protégé traveling west on Montgomery Ave. in the area of Meeting House Ln.  The vehicle was subsequently stopped and the male and female occupants were identified and arrested for burglary.  Investigation revealed that the two had also committed a burglary in the 500 block of Putnam Rd., Merion.

Carolyn Davis @ 6:46 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 12:00 PM

Here's part of my story from today's Inquirer. For the full account of Tuesday's hearing, visit http://bit.ly/Twxx0O


In exchange for her pleading guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property, federal prosecutors will recommend to U.S. District Judge C. Darnell Jones II that the second count against her, concealing stolen property, be dismissed. The bust is said to be valued at $3 million.

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