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Archive: May, 2012

POSTED: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 12:34 PM
Before the board addressed the riverfront development issues, Lower Merion Police Superintendent Michael McGrath (far right) made the recommendation to the board to authorize the promotion of six sergeants and two lieutenants from the certified list of candidates established by the Civil Service Commission. ((Josh Fernandez / PHILLY.COM))

As the settlement agreement came up for a vote, Lower Merion Board President Liz Rogan said she believed O’Neill Properties group had every right to develop on its property along the Schuylkill River, but in her observation of this process, the conflicting conditional use requirements and the group’s density presented an issue for her.

“We have an obligation as elected officials to make decisions in the best interest of the township,” Rogan said before the legal affairs vote. “No one wants additional litigation.”

The vote at the May 16 Board of Commissioners meeting was in regards to a more than two years of debate and discussion over the project by O’Neill, acting as Righter’s Ferry Associates, and the riverfront neighboring landlord opposition Penn Real Estate Group, acting as Bridgehead/Footbridge LLP, which resulted in failed attempts at a two- or three-party agreement.

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 3:09 PM

All of Radnor Middle School is taking a stand against bullying, joining schools nationwide in the Million T-Shirt March Thursday.

The march, coordinated by the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OLWEUS) is part of an effort to raise money for national anti-bullying programs, as well as an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most people wearing the same T-shirt on the same day. 

Radnor staff and students will receive and wear the march's T-shirts, as well as participate in numerous activities related to raising awareness to to the effects of bullying.

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 7:24 PM

Lodge 28 President of the Fraternal Order of Police Gavin Goschinski caused a stir at the Monday, May 14 Narberth Borough Council meeting when he expressed concerns during the public comment portion of the meeting over the way Narberth Borough officlals have been handling the hiring of police officers.

The Main Line Times reported May 15 that Goschinski, also a sergeant at the Lower Merion Police Department, was compelled to speak during public comment as a result of six potential candidates were asked to withdraw their applications after being told something found during their background checks in Lower Merion could prevent them from being hired. 

The Main Line paper reported that Goschinski said candidates were then allegedly told by the borough to withdraw their withdrawals in order for the borough to get an outside party to conduct new investigations. 

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 1:51 PM
The proposed redistricting plans, to be decided by mid-June, would split Lower Merion Township among the 148th, 149th, 166th and 194th districts (center). ((courtesy of the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission website))

To echo opposition to the redistricting plans in Lower Merion, 149th district State Rep. Tim Briggs (D) started an online petition for residents on April 26, along with fellow Democratic Reps. Pam DeLissio of the 149th district and Mike Gerber of the 148th district.

Briggs delivered the 515 signatures in total on Monday, May 14, the public comment period end date, to members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission opposing the commission's plans to split the township among four legislative districts.

The petition on the lawmakers' websites stressed the high level of difficulty the split would create for residents and representatives to focus on issues specific to Lower Merion. 

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POSTED: Monday, May 14, 2012, 2:08 PM

In a world of shake weights, electrode belts and gym memberships, Michelle Collier wants individuals eager to lose weight or get in shape to recognize they posses the perfect tool for accomplishing their fitness goals: Their bodies. 

To kill two birds with stone, Collier, owner and trainer of the mobile fitness studio Performance Fitness, is spreading the word about the power of body weight exercise, while simultaneously raising money for wounded men and women of the armed forces through the third annual Pushups for Charity Challenge

The challenge, which takes place Saturday, May 19, at the All Saints Church in Wynnewood, is one Performance Fitness' many ways in which it promotes not only exercise, but also charity.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 10, 2012, 4:18 PM

More than a dozen residents in Bryn Mawr and the surrounding areas grabbed their picket signs and political bumper stickers for a protest outside of the town's Bank of America.

The protest, which occurred Wednesday afternoon, May 9, was part an effort to support The 99% Spring and's protest of the bank, which had a shareholder meeting in Charlotte, N.C. According to, the 99% Spring Bank Protest in Charlotte and at local branches sought to call attention to what both organizations saw as the bank's part in the economic downturn.

Bryn Mawr resident Theresa Donahue showed up to protest, hoping it would get enough recognition to encourage the bank's users to withdraw their money and go someplace else.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 10, 2012, 12:11 PM

For 16-year-old Drew Wilby, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s presentation on drinking and distracted driving, illustrated by the 2006 death of Jessica Easter, really hit home, literally – the site where Easter was killed is particularly close to Wilby’s Belmont Hills house.

“You hear about these crashes on television or read it in the newspaper, but when it’s close to your house it makes it that much more of a reality,” the Lower Merion High School sophomore said.

Wilby was among more than 30 sophomores in the white and cherry-walled Lower Merion High School lecture room, listening to Assistant District Attorney Brad Richman and District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman discuss Easter’s story, as well as driving under the influence, in general.

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 3:56 PM

Come Friday, May 18, there will be a "One Night Stand," though not the kind you'd think.

The Main Line Art Center is holding its sixth annual "One Night Stand" exhibit for emerging artists ages 21-35 to show and possibly sell their work, completely comission free.

The Art Center's Executive Director, Judy Herman, said she believes strongly in supporting the next generation of artists, which she would have the added effect of benefiting 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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