Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Unlocked doors or windows were entered in three of the cases, police said.
Four homes in the Ardmore Patch area were burglarized in two days last week, with the burglars taking advantage of unlocked doors or windows in three of the cases, Lower Merion police said Monday. In chronological order, they were reported this way: Anyone with information about any of these burglaries can call township police at 610-649-1000.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Sandy Swanson's letter to President Obama is reprinted below.
Merion mother of two Sandy Swanson recently wrote a letter to President Obama after making a $15 campaign donation. Three weeks ago, while putting together dinner, she got a call from the president himself thanking her for the letter and her donation. Read more about that call and her reaction here. Swanson's full letter is reprinted below. Dear President Obama, I'm writing to tell you about the $15 my family just donated to your 2012 campaign. It was $15. That's really all we could give. My husband Steve is currently a student at Temple University. Since starting his degree, three years ago, we've been living considerably below the poverty level (I keep forgetting which percent ... does it matter?). But we aren't complaining. Two healthy …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Of money donated directly to presidential campaigns, only 18 percent of Merion contributions went to Mitt Romney, as compared to 48.5 percent in Ardmore.
Political contributions to Democratic candidates and organizations lead in Merion Station in this election cycle, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Of the $293,680 contributed to candidates and Political Action Committees this election cycle by 19066 residents, $202,732 was donated to the top 10 recipients, and of that number, 84 percent was contributed to Democratic candidates and Political Action Committees. President Barack Obama is the top recipient in Merion Station, with $51,409 contributed by donors in zip code 19066, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Following closely behind is the Democratic National Committee, to which Merion residents have donated $46,237. In comparison, Merion residents …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Albert Filosa, 69, is a former Philadelphia Orchestra member and an avid hiker, who went missing Aug. 11 during a hike in Washington state.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Two 17-year-old playground counselors in a Merion Station park are suspended without pay with intent to dismiss, a township official said.
Two 17-year-old camp counselors at General Wayne Park in Merion Station allegedly discharged an airsoft pistol on two 12-year-old campers Wednesday morning, according to a Lower Merion Township news release. While neither camper was harmed, the two counselors are suspended without pay, with intent to dismiss, according to the release. According to township public information officer Tom Walsh: Police Investigate Air Gun Use at Township Park Lower Merion Police are investigating two 17-year-old part-time summer Township employees, both of them playground counselors at General Wayne Park in Merion Station, for allegedly discharging an “airsoft” pistol upon two summer day campers late Wednesday morning (July 25). The two, whose names cannot …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Three men robbed the deli on Saturday night, police said.
Updated 4:10 p.m. on 7/15/12: Patch editor Tom Sunnergren spoke with the 18-year-old Hymie's employee who called 911 on Saturday. Read the story here. *** Hymie's Deli was robbed around 9 p.m. Saturday night at gunpoint, according to a township news release. The deli is located at 342 Montgomery Ave. in Merion Station. No one was injured. Three or four men, wearing bandanas to conceal their faces, entered the deli and announced a robbery shortly after 9 p.m. on Saturday, the release states. One suspect wielding a shotgun began confiscating all the phones in the restaurant, one witness told 6ABC. The men took cash and "personal property from customers and employees" and fled, according to the release. Patch will update this story as more …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Movies that were filmed in, or feature, Lower Merion locales.
Lower Merion has been buzzing with movie stars lately: Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard filmed in Merion on May 31 for the upcoming film Dead Man Down, and last year, James Van Der Beek filmed in Ardmore, Haverford and Bryn Mawr for his role in Backwards, written by and starring Haverford native Sarah Megan Thomas. In light of Lower Merion's recent encounters with the rich and famous, we've compiled a list of movies that were filmed in Lower Merion Township. The list is not exhaustive—at least, we think—so if you can name any other movies that have filmed here, tell us in the comments. Also following this list are a few instances within film and television that mention Lower Merion locales (for example: Betty Draper, from the television …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
There was also one case of fraud and one burglary the week of May 21.
Lower Merion police responded to 361 calls the week of May 21, throughout Ardmore, Merion Station and Wynnewood, recently posted department records show. The previous week, department records show they answered 362. A version of the department's most recent report, sorted by the type of incident and culled of incidents throughout the rest of Lower Merion, is attached to this article. Patch also has reported some incidents from the week of May 21 that were relayed in a police briefing. Last week, the police calls (which do not necessarily indicate arrests were made or charges filed) included:
Last week, Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard visited Merion to film a scene from "Dead Man Down." Share your photos here.
On May 31, Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard visited Merion to film a scene from Dead Man Down on the 300 block of Brookway Road. Dead Man Down is an action film, set for a 2013 release, starring Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard, Dominic Cooper, and original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace. A film description on IMDb reads: "In New York City, a crime lord's right-hand man is seduced by one of his boss's victims, a woman seeking retribution." The crew filmed in Philadelphia throughout May, and came to Merion for one day of shooting, on Thursday, May 31. Patch reader Chris Dorian sent us this photo of Farrell posing with her son, Alex, and several other neighborhood kids from N. Bowman Ave. in Merion. Dorian said: Farrell's …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Forty-eight SEPTA employees put money into an office Lottery pool for the April 25 drawing, as they always do for a jackpot over $100 million.
Forty-eight SEPTA employees, including Merion resident Kevin Derham, will share a $107.5 million jackpot after winning the Powerball Lottery on Wednesday, April 25. One SEPTA worker, Bryant Vaders, purchased 120 quick-picked Powerball tickets during his lunch break for his office Lottery pool, according to a press release on the Pennsylvania Lottery website. The employees—also know as SEPTA 48—always put money into an office Lottery pool when the jackpot is over $100 million. On Friday, May 4, Lottery Executive Director Todd Rucci presented a ceremonial check for $107,533,278.27 to the group of employees, who elected to take the cash value of the jackpot. Each winner will get roughly $2.2 million, less federal withholding, according to the…