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POSTED: Friday, June 1, 2012, 2:51 PM

On a bright and humid Wednesday afternoon, 29-year-old Joe Mackay, his brother, Cliff and their friend Jess Pro walk into Ardmore Plaza's newest addition, The Beer Shoppe, to peruse the endless selections of beer before they enjoy their cold beverages of choice while they sit along the gray and wooden-lined counter tops and stools in the back of the store. 

"I came here for the first time last week," Mackay, an Ardmore resident, said. "This is my fourth time here now."

Three months after it first began construction and the transfer of a liquor license from a Norristown restaurant, The Beer Shoppe is now a reality. 

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POSTED: Thursday, May 31, 2012, 11:19 AM
(From left to right) The Haverford School’s robotics teams, comprised of Mentor Chuck Glick, Kelly Mao, Alex Karlson, Josh White, Tadas Antanavicius, Mohid Khan, Chris Compendio, Harper Weigle, Evan Kuritzkes, Sam Shaw, Andrew Clark, Adviser Megan Connolly and Chris Williams, took home many accolades from the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, Calif, including the Excellence Award. The award, the highest presented in the VEX Robotics Competition, automatically qualifies them to compete in the 2013 World Championship.

To say The Haverford School’s robotics teams excelled at the 2012 VEX Robotics World Championship would be an understatement.

Seven years after its inception, the all-boys college prep school’s Upper and Middle school teams, “The Calvary,” dominated the April 18-21 championship in Anaheim, Calif., bringing home many accolades, among them, the Teamwork Award and the Excellence Award, which automatically qualifies them to compete in the 2013 VEX World Championship.

The overall growth of the team up to this point, as well as its recent performance, meant a great deal to the teams’ adviser Megan Connolly, who brought home a Teacher of the Year Award from the championship.

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 11:38 AM

UPDATE 11:42 a.m.: The fire is reportedly under control.

Lower Merion Township firefighters were called to 545 Greystone Road in Merion Station around 9:30 a.m. to put out a two-alarm fire.

Reports said the rear of the house was engulfed by a possible basement fire. Flame and smoke engulfed the first and second floors as well. 

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 12:28 PM
The senior portrait of Cabrini Class of 2012 graduate, Aileen Shotzberger. Shotzberger will spend her summer with a volunteer elephant project in Thailand. ((courtesy: Aileen Shotzberger))

Love, Kudos, Remembrance is an occasional installment profiling people from the Main Line who stumble into grand loves, stand out to their neighbors and whose memories remain after they’re gone.

While most graduates fret over finding jobs and stress over other related post-college crises this summer, Aileen Shotzberger will spend eight weeks in Thailand volunteering for a cause near and dear to her heart – helping endangered elephants.

“I knew I didn’t want to jump right into sitting behind a desk at a computer, since my major predisposes me that,” Shotzberger, 21, said. “I want to do as much good as I possibly can before I have to worry about a career and finances.”

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 9:27 AM

Radnor Township Police have issued a crime alert in response to a residential burglary on May 23 in Wayne.

That evening, police responded to a reported burglary at a home in the 600 block of Brookside Avenue that was discovered shortly before 8 p.m.

The police department’s investigation determined that the Brookside Avenue home was entered through the front window between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. No one was home at the time of the burglary, police said.

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POSTED: Monday, May 28, 2012, 1:22 PM

After an exciting year that's included its 75-year history celebration and its sixth annual "One Night Stand" exhibit for emerging artists, the Main Line Art Center will conclude its 2011-2012 with an exhibition of art created by the founding members of its new Professional Artist Membership program. 

The Haverford-based Art Center's Professional Artists' Exhibition runs May 23 to June 13, but art goers will have the opportunity to meet the exhibition's artists and purchase their work during the public reception this Friday, June 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Professional Artist Membership program was developed out of the Art Center's desire to support the careers of professional artists by providing exhibition and advanced career development opportunities, as well as visibility. 

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POSTED: Thursday, May 24, 2012, 2:41 PM

Narberth residents in a volunteer mood or eager to see adorable pets can look forward to two upcoming events in the borough.

First up on Saturday, May 26, is the Narberth Civic Association's launch of "Cleen Sweep." From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local scouts and residents of all ages will pick up their gloves and dustpans for a collaborative cleaning of downtown Narberth. 

Together, participants of the event will clean up trash, separate misguided recyclables, get rid of weeds and partake in anything else to help beautify the borough's downtown area.

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 10:41 PM
Township officials drew maps of North Wayne areas affected by the May 15 – May 16 rainfall, including the area of North Wayne Avenue and Beechtree Lane (above). Residents were encouraged to inform administrators if any of the water flow directions were incorrect or came from elsewhere. ((Josh Fernandez / PHILLY.COM))

The summer season evokes excitement over beach weather and summer breaks, but for the residents of Wayne in Radnor Township, summer leaves a cringe over two words: storm water.

The storm on the night of May 15 created two-and-a-half to three inches of rain in a matter of an hour, resulting in more than 20 emergency phone calls, about five Poplar Avenue residents’ cars getting swept away, flodded basements, approximately five tons of storm debris, clogged pipes and the inability of the North Wayne Field basin to retain water.

This was the fourth time in the last two years that the township experienced watershed related damage and flooding.

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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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