Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, May 27

The Daily Numbers: 1,000 people who regularly pack State Street in Media for Dining Under the Stars on Wednesday nights in the summer. Borough eateries are now scrambling to get the license needed to sell alcohol outdoors.

220 dollar application fee that must accompany each application.

76, age of former Marple Newtown school bus driver who faces charges of indecent assault on minor.

13, age of his alleged victim.

3 men, including a West Chester University quarterback and 2 Delco men, wavied their preliminary hearings yesterday in connection with an altercation at a West Chester eatery.

2 people hospitalized yesterday after a crash during the morning rush hour at Routes 1 and 202.

2 parking lots in Millbourne at center of dispute over parking tied to visit of Pope Francis for the World Meeting of Families.

4.1 million dollar project to renovate intersection of Baltimore Pike and Springfield Road that has ground to halt in Clifton Heights.

3 million scam being alleged by feds against 2 Main Line men in a plot that targeted the University of Penn.

718 crashes responded to by state police over the Memorial Day weekend.

13 fatalities recorded.

62 of the crashes alcohol-related.

20 to 40 years in prison for a Philadelphia man who admitted he attacked and strangled his wife as she walked in a park. They had argued about text messages on his phone from another woman.

13 people still missing in massive flooding in Houston, Texas.

14 people killed in storms over the holiday weekend.

11 inches of rain that his deluged the region.

103 million dollars in new funding being sought from City Council by the Philadelphia School District.

55 billion dollars, what Charter Communications will pay to acquire Time Warner Cable.

156 million dollars, pay of Discovery Communications boss David Zaslav, highest paid CEO.

6 of 10 highest paid CEOs in nation are in the media. I don’t think any of them are newspaper editors.

3 year suspension for Penn State frat tied to nude pictures of women posted on private Facebook page.

5-4 come-from-ahead loss for the Phils against the Mets.

19 losses in last 24 tries vs. Mets for the Phillies.

40 years ago tonight that the Flyers won their 2nd consecutive Stanley Cup.

0, the number of Cups the team has won since.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Ruben Amaro Jr. says he probably used his words incorrectly or poorly. Ya think, Rube?

I Don’t Get It: Sounds like the LCB is sniffing around the great Dining Under the Stars event in Media for some possible lack of licenses by some eateries for outdoor booze sales. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Amaro for realizing how his words sounded and quickly making the rounds of local media to apologize to the fans.

Quote Box: “I don’t think the comments were meant to disparage our fans by any stretch of the imagination. I probably used my words incorrectly or poorly. So I want to apologize for that.”

- Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. after his comments on fans blew up yesterday.

'Live From the Newsroom' updates some special events at Delaware County Veterans Memorial

The location for tonight's 'Live From the Newsroom,' our weekly live-stream Internet broadcast, could not be more appropriate.

Two days after we marked Memorial Day, the holiday we set aside to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country, we will be at the sparkling Delaware County Veterans Memorial in Newtown Square.

We'll get an update on the work of the Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association, including plans for a statue to honor 'Wild Bill' Guarnere, one of the local soldiers who inspired the 'Band of Brothers' HBO special. The statue will be unveiled during a special flag-raising at the memorial on June 6 as part of Newtown Square Days.

We'll also get the details on a special Flag Day event at the memorial. Several very special flags will be used in a casket flag-raising ceremony as part of the National Flag Day celebration.

Joining us will be local businessman Guy Fizzano, president of DCVMA Board of Directors; Linda Houldin, founding member of DCVM; and Debi Rafferty and Gene Guarnere, the granddaughter and son on Bill Guarnere.

I'm also hoping to be joined by Wes Mullen, the D-Day veteran who we featured in Tuesday's Daily Times and who was the special guest speaker at the Ridley Park Memorial Day celebration. If you missed the great story from staff writer Rose Quinn, you can read it here.

Mullen, a reserved man who is not one to boast of his own accomplishments, is now taking it on as his mission to stress the true heroes, those that we left behind on the beaches of Normandy as part of the D-Day Invasion.

The man is living history, but as is his nature, he wants to stress that he was just one of the many soldiers who served.

Actually, what they did was save the world.

It is a debt we can never repay.

Maybe in some small way we can by paying attention when they speak.

They will all speak tonight at 7 on DelcoTimes.com, when 'Live From the Newsroom' comes to you live from the Delaware County Veterans Memorial on West Chester Pike in Newtown Square.

Feel free to join us for a very special show.

Amaro's ill-timed comments spark an apology

The Phillies have their hands full with the New York Mets.

They did not need their general manager to throw a little gas on the fire.

But hours before his team blew a late lead and lost for the 19th time in their last 24 tries vs. the Gothams, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. was in serious damage control.

He was backpedaling furiously from some comments he had made about Philly fans in an interview with CSN.com's Jim Salisbury.

Basically, Amaro buried the fans, saying they didn't really understand the process and the plan the Phils are using when it comes to developing some of their younger talent. Fans want some of the Phils' young talent promoted from the minors. Amaro doesn't want to rush them.

I think I understand what Amaro was trying to say. That didn't make it sound any better when he said the fans "don't understand the game" and that they "bitch and complain that we don't have a plan."

How do you really feel, Ruben?

It became pretty clear very quickly how the fans felt.

Naturally, they were outraged.

After being pilloried on sports talk radio and social media most of the day, Amaro came forward before last night's game to apologize. "I'd like to apologize to the fan because I'm a fan myself and I understand," Amaro said. "I understand the passion and the knowledge that our fans have for our game and the other major sports - all the sports in Philly. So, I don't think the comments were meant to disparage our fans by any stretch of the imagination. I probably used my words incorrectly or poorly. So I want to apologize for that." Ya think?

All of this blurs what is really happening with the Phils. After putting together a fairly impressive six-game winning streak, they have hit the skids again. And this is with Ryan Howard wielding a hot bat.

The Phils are what they are - a mediocre at best major league ballclub.

But fans probably can't be blamed when they see the dramatic turnaround pulled off by the Houston Astros. Last year they were one of the worst teams in baseball. One year later, they have the best record in the league at a sizzling 30-17.

Phillies' fans can only dream about that kind of turnaround. And you can bet they will be vocal about their belief that Ruben Amaro Jr. is not the man to guide a similar turnaround here in Philly.

There's no doubt they 'understand' that.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, May 26

The Daily Numbers: 90, age of World War II veteran West Mullen, who was keynote speaker at the Ridley Park Memorial Day celebration. Mullen is a survivor of the Normandy Invasion, hitting Omaha Beach on D-Day and living to tell his story.

100, age of Margaret Gleason, who pays a visit to Arlington Cemetery every Memorial Day. This year was no exception.

2013, when the contract with the Interboro School District support staff expired. They’ve been working without a deal since.

4,234 new residents of Delco since the last census was taken in 2010.

425 new residents in Haverford, tops among growth spots in the county.

4.1 percent growth spurt for Chester Township.

5,000 rollercoaster rides being celebrated by a man out in West Mifflin, Pa., over the holiday.

12 people missing in Texas after heavy rains caused record-setting flooding.

6-3 loss to the Mets for the Phils.

6 strikeouts for the Phils, 5 of them looking, including Ben Revere, Freddy Galvis and Chase Utley all in a row.

5 losses in last 7 games for the Phils after they won 6 in a row.

18 losses in last 23 games vs. the Mets for the Phils.

2 straight wins for the Union.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan. Just when you thought the Phils might be turning this thing around, they go right back into the tank again. Let’s face it, this team is what it is: Thoroughly mediocre.

I Don’t Get It: Still not sure where all those flag-waving patriots who celebrated Memorial Day were a few days earlier when the polls were empty on election day.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Wes Mullen, who is a piece of living history, telling his tale of survival from D-Day.

Quote Box: “They’re the only heroes I know, the heroes that gave up their lives so that we could be here.”

- West Mullen, talking about his World War II compatriots who did not survive the D-Day invasion.

Some like it hot

Go ahead and hate me.

Bring on the heat.

I actually like this kind of weather.

The hotter the better.

Humidity? Where have you been, my old friend.

I'm not sure why I enjoy thick, steamy weather. Maybe it's because I'm always cold. I have an extreme dislike for air-conditioning. Don't hold your breath waiting for me to turn it on at home.

I'm always the one sitting outside on the deck sweltering while my family sits inside in air-conditioned comfort. Every once in awhile they would peek out the door to see if I'm still upright.

This is going to be my kind of week.

The forecast calls for it to be hot, humid, with highs in the 90s all week.

Now if only we can keep those pesky thunderstorms away.

Marcus Belgrave, pride of Chester

A shout-out today to my friend and longtime, loyal reader Eleanor Nealy of Trainer.

She left me a voice-mail to alert me to something that was in the paper on Monday.

Since it was the Memorial Day holiday, many people might have missed it. I'll repeat it here for a couple of reasons. One, we always take note when a prominent person passes away.

And Marcus Belgrave certainly was that.

But the famed trumpeter also was a native of Chester. You can read his full obit here.

Eleanor reminded me of something that happens all the time in this crazy business:

Just how many things revert back to Chester.

Even this newspaper, the Daily Times, can trace its roots back to the Chester Times.

Eleanor told me Belgrave was a protege and student of the great Robert E. Vaughan, the legendary Chester music teacher who spent 35 years in the music programs in Chester schools.

Eleanor also pointed out that Belgrave also played with her sister in the band that performed at the Salvation Army.

She also noted something else that is too often forgotten, the common theme that runs through all of these stories:

Education.

It's that important, and that's why is remains at the heart of so many of Chester's problems.

"This is just another case of education coming through," Nealy said.

I think Marcus Belgrave and Robert Vaughan would agree.

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Daily Numbers for Friday, May 22

The Daily Numbers: 19 guns stolen from the Suburban Armory gun shop in Collingdale.

3 or 4 men being sought. Police say they smashed out a front window and ripped off the guns.

8.3 million dollars in cuts to support staff in recent years in the Upper Darby School District. Officials yesterday made a pitch to Gov. Tom Wolf to restore funding.

1.7 million dollar deficit in the latest budget, which will mean a tax hike.

70 different languages spoken in the diverse Upper Darby School District.

13,000 dollars spent per student in Upper Darby, one of the lowest rates in the county.

8,000 to $10,000 annual school property tax tab for the average homeowner.

1,400 students who picked up diplomas at Delaware County Community College yesterday.

8,800 feet of trolley tracks being replaced in Aldan Borough.

591 bags of heroin seized during drug sting in Dover, Del.

6 Baltimore police officers indicted in the death of Freddie Gray.

7,700 gallons of oil now sullying the beaches in California after a pipeline ruptured.

7-3
loss for the Phillies in Colorado to wrap up their road trip.

.395, what Ryan Howard is hitting over the last 9 games played at Coors Field.

2 home runs in 2 games for Howard.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Just 2 losses for the Phils in their last 9 games. They will get a bit sterner test starting tonight at Citizens Bank Park when the Nats show up to kick off a weekend series.

I Don’t Get It: 19 guns in the hands of people who should not have them after a heist at the Suburban Armory in Collingdale. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to former Rep. Nick Micozzie, honored for getting the legislation passed that led to the way for improvements at Secane Station. Deservedly so.

Quote Box: “There are 18 weapons that are now on the street, that weren’t on the street yesterday.

- Collingdale Chief Bob Adams, after heist at local gun shop.