Thursday, May 16, 2013
The May Franklin and Marshall College poll shows that support for privatized liquor has dropped over three months.
If you are in favor of privatizing the state’s liquor sales, odds are good that your neighbor feels differently, at least according to one poll. The Frankin and Marshall College poll of Pennsylvania voters for May 2013 showed that voters are nearly split on the issue of liquor sales in the state. 47 percent of polled voters are in favor of ending state control. According to the poll, the 47 percent in May is “significantly lower than it was in February,” when 53 percent of voters were in favor privatizing liquor. “Support for selling the state stores has declined from February among both Republicans (54 percent, down from 61 percent) and Democrats (41 percent, down from 48 percent),” the study states. Additionally, the number of voters …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
According to poll results, more voters support same-sex marriage in 2013.
A majority of state voters said they are in favor of allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, according to one pole. The Frankin and Marshall College poll of Pennsylvania voters for May 2013 showed that 54 percent of voters polled were in favor of allowing legal same-sex marriages. The 54 percent in favor is up from 48 percent in the previous year. The poll, which was conducted between April 30 and May 5, gathered responses from 526 registered voters, including 265 Democrats, 196 Republicans and 65 Independents. The full poll is available for review here. The following information representes the questions asked in the survey and the results given by voters. 1) Would you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment that would allow…
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that he's exploring another run for the Senate; Sestak narrowly lost to Pat Toomey in 2010.
A rematch between former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is in the works as Sestak announced Tuesday that he's exploring a run for the Senate in 2016. Democrat Sestak, a former Navy vice admiral, lost narrowly to Republican Toomey in 2010. Sestak, of Delaware County, has formed an exploratory committee—the equivalent of launching a campaign in terms of Federal Elections Commission paperwork, according to a Washington Post report. Can Sestak beat Toomey? Who would you vote for if the Senate election was held today? Tell us in the comments section below. Tuesday's announcement ends speculation that Sestak, 61, is raising money to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett. Sestak raised $460,000 in the first quarter of this year. A Sestak-…
Monday, May 13, 2013
Traffic is expected to be affected by closures in Haverford Township, however.
While township and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials say no Lower Merion roadways will be closed during the U.S. Open, detours resulting from closed roads in Haverford Township will affect local traffic. The U.S. Open is scheduled for June 10 to June 16, but could take more time to complete if the weather delays play. During this time, according to the township, Lancaster and Ardmore avenues, as well as West Wynnewood and County Line roads should be affected by Haverford closures, while access to and within the eastern side of Haverford College will be severely limited. Additionally, the township says Haverford Road, from Ardmore Avenue to College Avenue, and the portion of Ardmore Avenue in Haverford Township will be …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The annual event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 71 E. Lancaster Ave.
Where can you see clowns, a K-9 exhibit, and get your face painted before learning how to escape a smoke-filled room? If you answered the annual Lower Merion Township Open House, congratulations. Also, how? Anyway, this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the township is inviting residents to come to the parking lot at 71 E. Lancaster Avenue for an afternoon of fun interactive displays featuring the township's departments and the equipment they use. “This is a great event that offers something for the whole family,” said township manager Doug Cleland. “Our younger residents thoroughly enjoy the police cars, motorcycles, fire engines and refuse trucks—and their parents get to see firsthand the many services provided through their township …
Joan Delorefice had reportedly been suffering from depression in the aftermath of her husband and father's recent deaths.
Lower Merion Police have located a Haverford woman who had been missing for several weeks, township public information officer Tom Walsh confirmed Thursday afternoon. Joan Delorefice, 53, was reported missing on May 7 and was found unharmed sometime on Thursday. Walsh said there are no further details available at this time. Delorefice had lost both her husband and father in the recent months, and was suffering from depression, according to the family members who reported her missing. During an investigation, police found Delorefice's car in her garage and learned that there had been no activity on her credit card of cell phone accounts for a week.
John Hickenlooper has found himself, and his state, leading a leftward lurch on a host of social issues.
Though Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper—who was born and raised in Narberth—campaigned for the office as something of a business-friendly, politically amorphous centrist Democrat, he's found his governorship consumed by what a top aide calls "guns, grass, and gays." In a revealing profile in the most recent issue of The New Yorker (the article is available online here, but is pay-walled), Hickenlooper described how a combination of tragedy—the Auora shooting—his own moral compass, and the will of Coloradoans has pushed him to sign into law legislation on same-sex marriage, gun control, and marijuana legalization that is among the most liberal in the country. Hickenlooper, the article adds, may have presidential aspirations if his high …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
After a 16-month renovation, the library is reopening with a bang.
On May 19, Bala Cynwyd Library is celebrating the completion of its 16-month renovation with a grand reopening. The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. with a flag raising by Cub Scout Pack 581 and, according to the library's Facebook page, musical performances by the Lower Merion High School Saxophone Quartet and the Lower Merion High School Jazz Ensemble. (Other activities are planned as well. While the particulars are still being ironed out, Main Line Media News has more details on the event here.) Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite literary characters. Of six library local libraries Lower Merion Township plans to renovate, Bala Cynwyd was the second to be completed. According to Phillymag.com, the redesign was an ambitious …
Monday, May 6, 2013
A proposed law would lower the value needed for a felony charge in retail theft.
A new bill passed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives could crack down on retail theft, or make it easier for someone to become a felon. Under House Bill 1000 any incident of retail theft in which the value of the items stolen exceeds $1,000 can result in a third-degree felony charge. Before this bill the cutoff line for a felony charge of retail theft was $2,000. As the law exists now, there are a number of ways one can be charged for retail theft as explained below: The bill passed 195-0 in the House and now moves on to the Senate. Do you support this bill? Let us know what you think in the comments area below.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
A $301,000 grant is financing most of the project.
A series of streetscape and safety improvements are coming to Bala Avenue, courtesy of a $301,000 grant the City Avenue Special Services District (CASSD) recently received from the Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative (PCTI). The aim is to make the stretch of Bala Avenue between Balwyn Place and City Avenue more pedestrian friendly. According to the CCASSD: The purpose of the project is to improve safety and walkability along Bala Avenue and to enhance accessibility to the town center businesses. The project focuses on safety improvements and pedestrian enhancements while preserving existing investments with a context-sensitive design that creates a better place for people to live and work. It enables both Lower Merion …