Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Aug. 25

The Daily Numbers: 75, age of man tied up during violent home invasion in Chester.

49, age of his daughter who was beaten during the attack.

1st bottle of wine shipped from a local winery directly to a resident, another feature of new state law.

39 permits to sell wine directly to consumers will be approved by the state.

200 businesses applied for the permits.

35,962 foot supermarket coming to the site of the old Pathmark in Ridley.

2 to 4 years in prison for a Marple teen charged in an armed home invasion

50,000 dollar budget each year for the Upper Darby High School drumline. The money is raised by the Upper Darby Band and Parents Organization. The school board is wrestling with the future of the drumline.

150 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled yesterday at the Walnut Street Elementary School in Darby.

28 instances of animal cruelty lodged against a Montco small animal dealer involving gerbils, chinchillas, hamsters, guinea pigs and a rabbit.

40 feet, how far a woman fell from a zip line attraction in Delaware.

4 women who say they have been groped by a man riding a bicycle in Philadelphia.

8 million dollar tax fraud admitted by charter school operator.

247, death toll now in devastating Italian quake.

5-3 win for the Phils over the White Sox.

17th home run for Tommy Joseph.

2 runs on 4 hits for starter Jerad Eickhoff.

2-1 win for the Union over the Crew in MLS action.

6 month suspension for U.S. women’s soccer goalie Hope Solo for calling the Swedes “cowards” after losing to them in shootout in Olympics.

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

Josh Norman is begging the Eagles to get in a spitting war after trash talking Birds QB Sam Bradford. The Eagles are smart to ignore him.

I Don’t Get It: Stealing bikes and equipment from the Wounded Warriors? I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Pa. for allowing direct wine sales to consumers. It’s about time.

Quote Box: “Pennsylvania has been in the stone ages when it comes to liquor.”

- Sen. Tom Killion.

The biggest dilemma in Delco

It's going to take someone a lot smarter than me to figure this one out.

Attention, Solomon, we could use some of your wisdom on this conundrum.

You might say this dilemma is in the pipeline.

Literally.

No one can argue the potential economic boost the county stands to cash in on should Sunoco get the go-ahead to build its Mariner East 2 pipeline plan.

It could Marcus Hook into the energy hub of the northeastern U.S.

To say nothing of salvaging the entire lower end of the county from the edge of the abyss we all peered into when the refinery business hit the rocks.

Then again, it's pretty easy to see the concern of residents who don't necessarily want a pipeline moving into their neighborhood. We talk about it in today's editorial.

My guess is that this pipeline plan is going to happen. There's too much money involved.

If that's the case, then it's incumbent on our elected officials - and residents - to make sure Sunoco is transparent as possible, and held to the highest safety and inspection standards.

You can read the editorial here.

Don't fall victim to IRS scam

It's an old scam, but it's back again with a vengeance.

As usual, the targets are senior citizens. This time they aren't getting a knock on the door by someone looking to distract them while a co-conspirator rummages through the house. Nor are the being fleeced by shady contractors looking to rip them off for home repairs such as a new roof or coating the driveway.

In this instance, all they have to do is pick up the phone.

That's when, according to this canard, they encounter a stern voice informing them they are with the IRS and there is a problem with their account.

A recently received a phone call from a perplexed reader who wanted to make sure people - especially senior citizens - are aware of this crank call, and the fact that the IRS NEVER reaches out to you by phone.

She said her mother received not just one call, but several, each one ratcheting up the pressure to divulge details about her account. Luckily, the woman arrived at her mom's house just as she was preparing to hand over important information, such as a Social Security number.

If you get one of these calls, simply hang up. Better yet, inform the caller that you are contacting police about their unscrupulous tactics.

You can also file a complaint with the Treasury through this web page.

Don't be a victim. Let's make sure none of our loved ones falls victim to these shady characters. Pass the word.

Oh, deer!

You've been warned.

The critters are back. Actually, they've proabably never left, but this morning they seemed to be hiding behind every tree and bush.

I am talking, of course, about my early-morning friends, the deer who seem to mock me as I negotiate my car along the roads, always with one eye out for that distinctive glint off their eyes in the distance, the tell-tale sign that another herd lies ahead.

This morning I spotted no fewer than seven or eight deer, including the fellow who stood in the middle of the road wondering why I was intruding on his domain.

Maybe it was that sudden shift to cooler temperatures that brought them out, munching on anything they can reach along the side of the road.

Here's a tip from a veteran deer swerver. If you happen to see a deer dart across the road out in front of you, don't relax and think you've managed to avoid another collision. Hit the brakes and prepare to stop. I can guarantee you several more will be following their pal - and running right in front of you if you don't slow down.

Be careful out there.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Daily Numbers: 3 stores that have applied to sell wine in Delaware County.

1 where you can buy a bottle right now. That’s the Acme at Granite Run.

84 wine permits sold so far to stores in Pa. to sell wine.

3 liters of wine, the max you can buy during any 1 purchase.

23 units planned for apartment complex on State Street in Media.

350 miles across Pennsylvania, length of the proposed Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipeline.

17 counts it will traverse, including Delaware County.

2,700 private properties where Sunoco will need easements.

30 day delay in Middletown on vote to allow the pipeline, which is drawing opposition in the community.

27, age of Clifton Heights man gunned down outside his grandmother’s home in Darby Borough.

1st homicide of 2016 in Darby Borough.

24 homicides so far in Delaware County.

44, age of woman found dead in her Folcroft apartment. It is being labeled ‘suspicious.’

2 state reps, including Delco’s Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-162, of Ridley Park, who want to free tuition at state universities for 5 years.

25 years, how long a Philly man spent in jail for a rape and jury a new jury now says he did not commit.

0 time in jail for a former aide who testified against U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah. He could have gotten 3 years in jail.

1 million dollar bail for South Jersey man charged in the punching death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.

96 page high school football preview inside today’s Daily Times.

9-1 crushing loss for the Phillies at hands of White Sox.

4th start for Jake Thompson, who gave up 7 runs on 8 hits, along with 4 walks.

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

The Phillies are in danger of throwing out all that goodwill they built up at the start of the year. These blowout losses have to stop.

I Don’t Get It: A man in South Jersey forced his girlfriend’s 2-year-old sox to box him because he was upset that she did not get the groceries he wanted. The boy died. Nice.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Pennsylvania, where you can now buy a bottle of wine at the same place you buy your groceries. You just can’t pay for them at the same time. Ugh!

Quote Box: “I think it is a good thing. It actually makes shopping so much more convenient.”

- Emmanuel Sheppard, checking out the wine sales at the Acme at Granite Run.

It's a fine wine for Pennsylvania

Fast forward a few months.

The first big winter storm is bearing down on the Delaware Valley. The salivating folks on local TV have gone into hype overdrive. They're predicting the Storm of the Century.

Again.

So, of course, we're being regaled with the obligatory story that takes place the day before, with a brave correspondent sent out to fined the hordes of panicked residents descending on their local supermarkets.

What are they buying?

Milk? Check!

Bread? Check!

Eggs? Check!

Wine?

Oh, yeah.

Now you have a glimpse of what I was thinking when I put together's front page.

Yes, you can now buy a bottle of wine in the supermarket in Delaware County. This week the Acme store at Granite Run unveiled wine sales, ushered in by the new law pushed through the Legislature and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf a few months back.

You can get all the details on how it works here.

And that's not all.

Today Sen. Tom Killion, R-0, will hold a press conference at the Grace Winery in Glen Mills to ring in another Pa. first as they ship the first bottle of wine directly to a local consumer.

All of this is part of Act 39, which in addition to letting supermarkets that already have licenses to sell beer to add wine to their offerings, also opens the door for state residents to have wine shipped directly to their homes.

We'll be there to give you all the details.

Wonder if you can have wine shipped directly to your office?

A gold medal effort from 2 women who conquered Pacific

We used our editorial page today to pay homage to some outstanding athletes.

Yes, we just completed the Summer Olympics, and the efforts of Simone Biles, Michael Phelps and the rest of the U.S. team, along with Usain Bolt, were stuff of the ages.

But they're not who we are talking about.

Instead we decided to focus on what Vicki Otmani, of Media, and her friend Megan Biging accomplished.

They recently crossed the Pacific Ocean.

In a boat.

Powered by their own rowing.

Think about that for a minute.

Two women alone in a boat, crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Simply put, we're in awe.

Not only did the duo cover the 2,400 miles from Monterey, Calif., to Hawaii, they did it in record time of 57 days, 13 hours and 30 minutes.

They may not have been in Rio, but they're gold medalists in our book. You can read the editorial here.