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POSTED: Friday, February 10, 2012, 2:08 PM

Radnor Township police will join school district officials Feb. 14 in kicking off a campaign urging teens to wear seat belts.

The educational session be held at 2 p.m. Valentine’s Day at the Radnor High School, 130 King of Prussia Rd. The sessions will be given at other private and public schools in the township from Feb. 14 to March 4.

State law enacted in December 2011 requires all persons under the age of 18 to wear a seat belt, said Sgt. Chris Flanagan, head of the traffic safety unit. Those found not to be wearing set belts will be ticketed, he said.

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POSTED: Friday, February 10, 2012, 1:10 PM

Radnor Township Police are asking for the public's help in tracking down bandits who robbed a Wawa on the 200 block of Bryn Mawr Ave. last night, and fired a bullet that deflected into the eye of a clerk.

Police say the men entered the store at 10:59 p.m. Thursday. One of the men, brandishing a gun, went behind the counter with the store employee and took money from a safe. When he realized how little money there was, police say he grew angry and fired his gun to the floor. A piece of the bullet deflected into an eye of the Wawa employee, who has since been treated and released from an area hospital.

During the robbery, the second man prevented the three or four customers already inside from leaving the store.

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POSTED: Friday, February 10, 2012, 9:20 AM

Fresh from a day spent in Washington, D.C., Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) stood in front of a room full of possible constituents at the Merion Tribute House in Lower Merion.

Under congressional reapportionment and beginning in January 2013, most of Lower Merion will move from the Sixth District to the Second District, which Fattah represents.

Teri Simon, the president of the Wynnewood Civic Association, said she organized the meet-and-greet with Fattah’s daughter Frances, a lawyer, as a transition for Lower Merion community members. Sponsored by the Ard-Wood, Gladwyne, Merion, North Ardmore, Shortridge and Wynnewood civic associations, few seats in the Tribute House’s auditorium went empty.

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POSTED: Thursday, February 9, 2012, 1:58 PM
Courtesy Palmer Theological Seminary

Leading the transformation of the Palmer Theological Seminary at Lancaster and City avenues into a 132-unit luxury apartment complex, David Blumenfeld continues to move closer to beginning work on restoring what was once a true gateway to Lower Merion Township.

Blumenfeld, the president of Cross Properties, began planning the project about a year and a half ago with the township’s staff, and if all goes as planned, the company is expected to start physical work on the property this summer after Eastern University vacates.

Built in 1919 by Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer, the property once served as the location for the Green Hill Farms Hotel until 1939 when the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary purchased the site. Cross Properties made the move to acquire the property when Eastern University announced it would move its theological programs to its campus in St. Davids.

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POSTED: Thursday, February 9, 2012, 10:31 AM

Narberth Borough Council President Sam Quinn acknowledged it was a difficult decision council had to make at the Feb. 8 caucus meeting.

“I acknowledge you all for putting in applications,” Quinn said of the four applicants. “We’ve had the good fortune of receiving four resumes and having four interviews.”

Last week, Narberth Council held a special meeting to interview four applicants – Ken Jacobs, Andrea Deutsch, Richard Diaz and Michael Gaudini – vying for the council seat left vacant by the resignation of Surge Ghosh. According to council code, such vacancies are required to be filled within 30 days.

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 1:43 PM

Montgomery County wants to hear from residents who live, work or are simply interested in the arts.

A Lower Merion Township news release announced that Creative MontCo, "a civic initiative for the development of a comprehensive cultural and creative economy plan" for the county has a brief survey for residents to fill out.

Creative MontCo is funded through a grant from the William Penn Foundation and other local funders.

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 1:10 PM
Ann Gleeson, 34, is being charged with theft of jewelry worth $50,000. ((courtesy Lower Merion Police))

Police have arrested a 34-year-old woman in connection with the theft of $50,000 worth of jewelry from a close friend's Bryn Mawr home.

Lower Merion Police Sgt. John Stillwagon said the suspect, West Chester resident Ann Gleeson, turned herself into police on Feb. 2 and was charged with the theft from the home on the 1100 block of Springmont Circle in Bryn Mawr.

The arrest culminates a nearly three-month investigation that began after the homeowner reported the theft on Oct. 10.

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 11:23 AM
Villanova University's project and site plan for its $200-million expansion shows the outline of the university map. Garrett Hill in Radnor Township rests on the outskirts of the campus. (Courtesy Villanova University)

Patti Barker, chair of the Garrett Hill Coalition, says there are a lot of aspects of Villanova University’s “Gateway” plan that her group supports, but that there's room for improvement.

Living in one of the closest communities to the university, Barker and her fellow coalition members’ homes sit next to properties rented to Villanova students, who, aside from a few “difficult neighbors,” are mindful of the neighborhood and friendly.

Villanova officials approached the GHC in early December to present the plans for the $200 million project that will add 1,100 beds, a performing arts center and a parking garage to the university’s campus. Villanova’s impetus behind building an additional dorm is not only to provide housing for students who want to live on campus, but also to alleviate the residential traffic on the community.

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Josh Fernandez is a 2011 graduate of Temple University where he studied journalism and gender studies. He was a writer and editor for The Temple News, and has interned at Philadelphia City Paper and the Philadelphia Daily News. Josh lived in Aston, Pa. in Delaware County before moving to University City in Philadelphia.

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