Friday, May 31, 2013

The Daily Numbers for Friday May 31

 

 

The Daily Numbers: 47, that's as in AK-47, which police say 2 men were using for taget practice in Nether Providence.

 

 

18,000-foot Bottom Dollar store that got the final OK from Chester City Council.

 

20, age man from Avondale, in Chester County, identified as victim in fatal crash on Conchester.

 

10 a.m. Saturday, scheduled anti-violence march in Chester.

 

25 computers donated to the Delaware County Literacy Council by the Team Children group.

 

21, age of woman in Chester who has become 1st in state to be charged under 'Fox Law' for making a straw gun purchase.

 

138 bucks more in school taxes for residents of Wallingford-Swarthmore.

 

31 dollar tax cut in Radnor schools.

 

2.4 billion dollar 'doomsday budget' that got the OK from Philadelphia School Reform Commission last night. It will chop music and sports unless more money is found.

 

140,000 dollars of cocaine found in a woman's shoes by inspectors at Philadelphia International Airport.

 

2 puppies believed tossed from a bridge in Lewistown, Pa. 4 people are facing charges.

 

3.81 percent rate on 30-year fixed rate mortgage. That's up from last week's 3.59 percent.

 

33-14 win for the West stars over the East in last night's charity Hero Bowl game at Widener.

 

9-2 loss for the Phils to the Bosox.

 

2 games under .500, as Phils again missed a chance to even their mark.

 

5 innings pitched by Jonathan Pettibone, who got his first loss to drop to 3-1.

 

4 runs on 6 hits surrendered by the rookie. But all 4 were in the 1st inning. He didn't give up another run after that.

 

3-2 lead for the Miami Heat after LeBron James sparked them to a win over the Pacers in last night's NBA Playoffs.

 

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

 

The Phillies just can't get over the hump. Every time they get to within a game of .500, they fall back. And not having Ryan Howard in the lineup last night probably didn't help.

 

I Don’t Get It: Not the best idea to do a little target practice in Nether Providence with an AK-47.

Today’s Upper: Kudos toTeam Children, the organization that is donating 25 used PCs to the Delaware County Literacy Council.

 

 

Quote Box: “We went so long without any market. Now, we'll have at least two places where people can get stuff."

 

- Chester Mayor John Linder, after council gave final OK for a Bottom Dollar grocery store to locate in the city.

About that request for photos

I should have listened to my mother.

She was fond of telling me, when I was whining or begging her for something, "Be careful what you ask for."

This week I had that experience with readers. With mixed results.

This started on Tuesday, when there was a fatal crash on the Conchester Highway Route 322 out in Upper Chichester.

Our photographers were all tied up, besides it would take them forever to traverse the county from here in Primos to get to the crash scene.

So I did something we find ourselves doing increasingly in this business. We turned to our readers. I posted a quick note on Twitter and Facebook asking if anyone had photos of the scene. Within five minutes I had several, which we used on both our website as well as in print the next day.

Later that evening, tragedy struck again. A teen lost control of his car on a particularly notorious stretch of Smithbridge Road in Concord, crossed into the other lane, and was struck by another car. The young driver was killed.

The next morningI was again looking for images from the scene, so I again took to Twitter and Facebook. I even penned an item in this blog detailing how we are now engaging readers to take part in the news-gathering process.

Then something I had not anticipated happened.

People started to let me know they didn't particularly like that approach. Maybe it was because it involved a young person, which always heightens the tragedy of a fatal crash.

Most people simply thought it was in poor taste.

They might have been right.

Let me say that we have specific policies of what we will show in a photo from a crime scene or accident. We specifically will never show any image of a person who has died.

To be honest, that was not really what I wanted when I made the pitch, but in my normal haste I didn't particulary word it especially well.

Part of both of these stories were the roads these tragedies occurred on. Dangerous roads. Both the Conchester and Smithbridge Road have a long, troubled history of fatal crashes. They don't call Route 322 the "Killer Conchester" for nothing. This stretch of Smithbridge is right down the street from Garnet Valley High School, which means crashes there often involve young people.

What I hoped is that someone had an image that would show part of the danger involved in these roads.

Readers didn't see it that way. In looking back at it, I don't really blame them.

Instead they saw it as the worst of what the media often does: Circling like vultures over a tragedy.

Here's a sampling of some of the responses they posted on our Facebook page:

"Very disrespectful."

"Scumbags."

"Pretty classless."

"That's why it's called the Daily Slime."

"Disgusting."

"Media ghouls."

You get the idea. But aside from being upset, there was something else at play here as well. Many readers made it a point to question if it was necessary to have photos from a crash scene at all.

It's an interesting question, especially when you do what I do for a living.

I can tell you that any story about a fatal crash immediately zooms to the top of our most-read stories of the day on DelcoTimes.com.  I don't know why, I just know it does. Maybe for the same reason we all slow down and gawk at accident scenes.

I want to make sure the family and friends of Kip Taviano, the young man killed in the crash on Smithbridge, know that we never meant any disrespect.

I think our coverage proves that. We focused on the reactions of those who knew and loved him, as well as the problems associated with the road.

We are not going to stop using photos submitted by readers. While my preference will always be to have one of our staff photographers do this work, that's not always possible.

I will, however, start questioning myself when it comes to photos from an accident scene.

Feel free to join the conversation.

But here's a caution: Be careful what you ask for.

 

Heat takes toll at Hero Bowl

Let me be the first to say it: We're havin' a heat wave.

It started Wednesday when we just managed to hit 90. Then things got serious yesterday with a  high of 94. We're looking for a repeat today. Then tomorrow and Sunday we're again expected to hit the 90-degree mark.

Three consecutive days in the 90s is what usually constitutes a 'heat wave,' according to the weather folks.

Maybe that's why tempers were running a little hot last night at the annual Hero Bowl. It's a shame that the football game that raises money for the children of fallen police and firemen was marred during a brawl near the end of the first half when several players exchanged blows. Matt Smith has the details.

Thankfully, order was restored and no other incidents occurred.

It's not just football players that can blow a fuse in this heat. I happen to like it, but I know it's not everybody's cup of tea.

Be careful and take it was out there.

 

A missing piece from last night's Phillies game

There was something oddly missing from last night's Phillies game.

No, not their offense, which once again for the most part took the night off.

Not the fact that they fell behind early again. And not the fact that after a shaky first inning, they got another decent outing from rookie Jonathon Pettibone.

Not the fact that by losing they once again failed to scratch back to the .500 mark. Instead, they again fell back down the hill, dropping two games under .500.

There was something else missing last night.

You might call it the missing "Piece."

That's right. Ryan Howard got the night off. The Big Piece was not in the starting lineup. Instead, Kevin Frandsen manned first base. This on a night when they were trying to stack their lineup with right-handed hitters to face southpaw Franklin Morales.

Dennis Deitch has the details on the game.

Still, isn't this a game you need to have Howard as the anchor in your lineup?

Maybe Howard's knee, which caused him to get a cortisone shot earlier this week, is bothering him more than originally thought.

I have to think that's the reason. Either that or the Phils thought they had a better shot of getting to the .500 mark without Howard in the lineup.

And that tells you a lot about this team and why it continues to tread water, bobbing around the .500 mark, or rather just under it.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The weather outside is ... perfect!

Here's what I did last night, after my daily struggle to drive home directly into that setting sun without sliding into a coma.

As soon as I got in the house, I bolted up the steps, lost the shirt and tie (yes, gentlemen, ties are still worn by this office worker), tossed on a pair of shorts and T-shirt, poured myself a large glass of iced tea, grabbed the radio and headed for the deck.

It was me, the Phillies and the Cicadas.

Life is good.

Complain all you want. This is the weather I live for. In other words, don't hold your breath waiting for me to complain about the heat. Or the humidity. I love it. I like it when the air is so thick it just kind of hangs around you like a wet towel.

After suffering through another winter, then trying to stop my teeth from chattering during a chilly spring, I'm ready for some summer weather. Looks like I'm going to get my wish.

We are about to be hit with the first heat wave of the year - three days in the 90s. It's expected to be in the low 90s this afternoon.

If you need me tonight, you'll know where to find me.

If you hate this thick, humid weather, you have my condolences.

I'll try to stifle my smile.

Dom Brown silences the doubters

The doubters have gone silent.

Dom Brown heard them all. Brown was supposed to be the "next one." He was the prize of the Phillies minor league system. One of the so-called 'Untouchables' when it comes to trade talks. Now we know why.

But his express ticket to stardom in the Phillies outfield took a few detours. He was on the Phillies usual yo-yo with young players with potential, a reluctance to bring them up, then juggling them back and forth between 'The Show' and the minors.

Then came the tinkering with his batting stance. Anyone remember last year when Brown held his hands high over his shoulder?

Now, Brown is wiping away all those memories. And the doubts.

Last night Brown clouted two more homers to provide the offensive punch as the Phils took their second straight against the Red Sox, this time back in South Philly at Citizens Bank Park.

Dennis Deitch has all the details on the game.

Brown is hotter than the weather. His two dingers last night were his fourth in three nights. He leads the team with 13, including an NL-high 10 in May.

The only thing left to ponder is how long it will take to move Brown up in the batting order, maybe into the third or fourth slot.

Dom Brown has arrived. In this case, silence - of the doubters - is golden.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday May 29

 

 

The Daily Numbers: 17, age of teen driver killed in crash on Smithbridge Road yesterday afternoon.

 

1 person killed when a car slammed under the rear of a school bus on Route 322 in Upper Chichester yesterday.

 

13 people killed and 245 injured in crashes in Pa. over the long Memorial Day weekend.

 

760 crashes that were responded to by troopers.

 

85 crashes involved alcohol.

 

5 shots believed fired into a car during a dispute between two women in Middletown who had been partners at one time. A 41-year-old pediatrician at A.I. DuPont now faces charges.

 

31, age of a wanted ex-cop who was killed in a shootout with U.S. marshals in a motel on Township Line Road in Upper Darby.

 

7 men with Delco ties who will be ordained permanent deacons by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

 

3 more people charged in connection with that wild incident after a beer party was disrupted in a neighborhood near West Chester University.

 

30 minute parking limit outside the borough offices being considered by Yeadon Borough Council.

 

4 of 10 households in U.S. now feature a woman as the top breadwinner.

 

51  percent of those in recent poll who said they would back Joe Sestak in a possible rematch with U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey. The PoliticsPA polled 332 readers and got a 51-49 margin for Sestak.

 

90,000 dollars in cash in bag stolen from car of ATM repairman in Philly yesterday.

 

50 percent in recent poll who said they have had sex in the office.

 

90 percent said they were sexually attracted to a coworker.

 

85 percent said they have dreamed of having sex with colleague.

 

54 percent said they've had sex with someone in their office.

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

 

Where would the Phillies be without Cliff Lee.

I Don’t Get It: Think you're having a bad day. An ATM repairman in Philly's car got broken into and a bag with $90,000 in cash stolen.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Donna Farrell and Richard McCarron, two Delaware County residents getting big honors from the Catholic Church. Well deserved.

Quote Box: “Right tnow I'd like to end the year on a positive note."

- New Interboro Acting Superintendent Bernadette Reiley after being named to replace John Cleghorn at last night's school board meeting.

How readers are helping us with our coverage

Want to know a little secret about journalism and the newspaper world? We're changing.

You're shocked, I know.

But I don't think readers are fully aware of what some of these changes mean. For one, it means everyone is now a 'journalist,' if not a professional reporter. And very often a publisher. You no longer need a printing press. If you have a smart phone, tablet or laptop, you can be your own publisher.

And we in the business increasingly are asking you to join us in our daily coverage of what is going on here in Delaware County.

In fact, I'm not shy about asking. Yesterday readers were more than happy to oblige.

The truth is, we are now reporting news instantaneously 24 hours a day. As hard as we try, we have not yet figured out how to be everywhere in this county at all hours of the day.

So when breaking news hits, we are increasingly turning to readers for help. Take yesterday afternoon for instance. We got word mid-afternoon of a bad crash involving a school bus on the Conchester Route 322 in Upper Chi. We started working the story and posting on Twitter and Facebook. We quickly got an update - it was a fatal accident.

Our problem was that we really needed an image of the crash. Our photographers were nowhere near the scene. Do you have any idea how long it takes to go from Primos - here in the corner of Upper Darby where it meets Clifton Heights and Aldan - to Upper Chi? So instead I took to Twitter and Facebook and asked if anyone had any images of the crash. Within five minutes I had pictures of the car wedged under the back of the school bus. Those images quickly went onto DelcoTimes.com and were used in print this morning.

Now I'm looking for any pictures of another fatal crash, this one later yesterday afternoon, on a particularly notorious stretch of Smithbridge  Road in Concord Township. A 17-year-old was killed when he lost control of his car. That stretch of Smithbridge, not far from Garnet Valley Hgih School, has been the scene of a number of fatal crashes over the years.

We will push our coverage - as well as reaction to the latest tragedy - most of the day.

All of this is part of what we generally refer to as reader engagement. We love the fact that you read. But we also want you to take part in the process. We have readers who write blogs, take photos, create Top 10 lists.

You can be involved, too.

We need all the help we can get in covering Delaware County 24 hours a day.

Consider this your formal invitation.

 

Tale of the tape in Interboro

I'm not a lip-reader.

I'm not positive what former Interim Interboro School Superintendent John Cleghorn said on that now-infamous video clip. I have a pretty good idea.

I actually got a tweet from a longtime county school board member and education activist who suggested maybe Cleghorn was actually mouthing the words "funding cuts" as another board member took objection to a board action.

Cleghorn has denied making the vulgar reference many are attributing to him. Last night the Interboro School Board accepted his resignation. They named Bernadette Reiley, the district's current curriculum coordinator, as acting superintendent.

It's just one more reminder of how much of our lives is being captured on videotape. What once were considered private moments are now being videotaped, and with the click of a computer mouse shared with the world.

Be careful what you say - and do. If it seems like everyone is watching, it's because they are.

 

Another Cliff-hanger

Where would this Phillies team be without Cliff Lee?

Roy Halladay is on the shelf and may not pitch again this year with a sore right shoulder.

Cole Hamels is suffering the same disease that afflicted Lee last year - lack of support. He should sue.

In the meantime, Lee has reclaimed the mantle of staff ace. Last night, on a night when the Phillies battered bullpen was depleted, the team desperately needed their starting pitcher to go deep into the game.

Enter  Cliff Lee. He slayed the Monster. And the Red Sox while he was at it.

Lee went eight strong innings, giving up just one run while scattering four hits and striking out eight. Jonathan Papelbon again slammed the door on his ex-mates with a 16-pitch perfect ninth inning. Dennis Deitch has the details.

Dom Brown, fresh off being named NL Player of the Week, hit his 11th home run of the season for an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Jack McCaffery writes about Brown's status as a potential star.

But it's Lee who has suddenly become the backbone of Charlie Manuel's club. His record now stands at 6-2 with a sparkling 2.34 ERA.

In the meantime, the Phils clawed back to just two games under .500. Where they would be without Lee is difficult to ponder.

Maybe we should remember that the next time someone casually tosses Lee's name out there as possible trade bait. No doubt if this team does not get hot and start whittling away at that 6.5-game gap between them and the Braves, changes will be made at the trading deadline.

It's just hard to fathom where this team would be without Lee.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday May 28

The Daily Numbers: 1 man shot and 1 in custody after a dispute between a man and his ex-wife and her current boyfriend in Lower Chichester.

2 men shot in Chester late last night. Both are expected to survive.

2 women who got into an argument that ended up in gunfire yesterday in Middletown.

24 February of 1968, when Lt. John C. Martin of Springfield was killed in Vietnam. He was honored during Memorial Day activities in Springfield yesterday.

690,000 dollars, how much Wallingford Swarthmore School District is planning to spend on artificial turf.

22.5
million dollar shortfall in Chester Upland School District.

3 percent tax increase eyed in Penn-Delco to cover their $52 million budget.

6.95
cents more for the average homeowner, bringing the average tax tab in the district to $2,899.

2.04 percent tax hike in the works in Springfield.

187,000 dollars shaved from budget in Garnet Valley. Taxes will still be going up 2.174 percent. 10, age of girl in Newtown Square whose family is fighting ruling that puts her at disadvantage in her wait fof lung transplant.

74, age of Philly priest placed on administrative leave after allegation of sexual abuse of child more than 4 decades ago.

16-10 come-from-behind win for Syracuse over Duke in men's lacrosse NCAA title game at the Linc

9-3 ugly loss for the Phillies last night as they opened a series against Boston in Fenway Park.

6 runs on 9 hits surrendered by Phils' starter Tyler Cloyd, who lasted just 2 and a third innings.

11 hits for the Phils.

3 games under .500 for the Phillies.

6.5 games back of the Braves.

22 points for former UDel star Elena Delle Donne in her 1st WNBA game as Chicago Fire beat the Phoenix Mercury.

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

Someone tell me there's hope for the Phillies. Looks like it might be time for Ruben Amaro Jr. to push the plunger and blow up the nucleus of this old, injury-prone team.

I Don’t Get It: Why is it that violence seems to spike every Memorial Day.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the family of Lt. John Martin, a Springfield native who was killed in Vietnam in 1968. He was honored by his home town at Memorial Day activities.

Quote Box: “I went to school with John Martin. This is the first parade in Springfield I've been to for a while. I really wanted to come here to see them honor John." - Springfield resident Claire Taylor.

A violent Memorial Day in Delco

You can pretty much set your watch to it.

The Memorial Day weekend is often thought of as the "unofficial start of the summer season."

The weather starts to heat up. So do tempers.

This weekend didn't seem much different. Police here in Delaware County are investigating no less than three separate shooting incidents on Monday.

Out in Lower Chichester, a man faces charges after police say he showed up at the home of his ex-wife, pulled out a gun and tried to shoot her as she stood outside.  The woman's boyfriend intervened and wound up getting shot several times at close range.

You can get all the details here.

Out in Middletown, state police are investigating an incident where a 41-year-old woman fired several shots at another woman in a car Monday night. At the time, a child was sitting in the front passenger seat. Another child was standing outside the car when the woman approached and fired through the windshield. The victim drove herself to Riddle Hospital.

And in Chester, two men were wounded in a shooting incident just before 11 ap.m. on the 3100 block of West 10th Street. both men are expected to recover.

Later this week temperatures are expected to soar into the 90s. But it seems tempers are alrready running hot in Delco.

Looks like it's going to be a long, hot summer.

 

The Odd Couple teams again at Jersey shore

The Odd Couple will be back on the job today.

The country's leading Democrat and one of the top GOP headliners will shake hands at the Jersey shore.

The only thing missing will be a certain fleece jacket.

President Obama will pay a visit to Asbury Park, where he will hook up with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for an update on the shore region's recovery from Superstorm Sandy. You can read about it here. Seven months ago, the two made headlines in the wake of the monster storm that wreaked havoc on Jersey shore towns.

No doubt this will once again rankle some Republicans, who don't necessarily like the idea of their possible next presidential candidate making nice with the president.

Everything Christie seems to do these days seem geared toward a presidential run. He's even had gastric bypass surgery in an attempt to get a handle on his weight problem.

But nothing will make him look more presidential than the handshake and hug he will share with Obama in the Jersey shore town that made Bruce Springsteen famous today.

As for the governor's presidential aspirations, it looks increasingly like he is borrowing another page from The Boss.

It certainly seems like Christie is "Born to Run."

The Phillies aren't even mediocre

In sports, it is the ultimate in mediocrity.

And the Phillies can't even climb that modest hill.

.500. Winning the same number of games that you lose.

Every time the Phillies seem ready to climb that hurdle, they make like Sisyphus and watch the rock roll back down to the bottom of the hill.

Every time the Phils get withing a game of that piddling .500 mark this year, they have lost. It happened again last week in D.C., when the Phils had the opportunity to even their record in a stint with their NL East rivals the Nationals.

Didn't happen.

Instead, the Phillies stumbled again. Last night they went to Fenway Park in  Boston and got blown out, 9-3.

That leaves them 3 games under .500 and 6 and a half behind the Braves.  Dennis Deitch has all the details here. Jack McCaffery offers his take here.

Memorial Day is now in the rear-view mirror. It is no longer "early."

I used to think this Phillies team was mediocre at best.

Turns out they can't even accomplish that.

Unless they turn things around quick, the team's brass may be forced to finally break up that core of Jimmy Rollins,  Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Our lives on video

I'm reminded once again this week of something that has become a fairly intrusive part of our everyday lives.

Ever wonder how much of our existence is now captured on videotape?

Every time you walk into the Wawa. On many shopping district streets. In the mall. While we're filling up the SUV. In parking lots. Every time we go through a toll booth.

And, as Jack Cleghorn learned this week, during school board meetings.

Cleghorn was the interim superintendent for the Interboro School District. During a recent meeting, he appears to be mouthing some fairly strong comments toward a person speaking to the board. Someone - of course - shot a video of a laptop displaying the video feed of the meeting and posted it online.

An uproar ensued.

Cleghorn Thursday stepped down, but strongly denies making the derogatory statements many are attributing to him.

We offer our position in what is becoming an increasingly coarse public discussion. You can read it here. I am guessing Cleghorn will not agree with our conclusion. That is certainly his right.

Likewise we take note of the brouhaha that erupted this week when a family donning anti-cancer hats were booted from the King of Prussia Mall. We're actually taking the mall's side on this one. The family's motive was a good one, but the method - and wording - they chose to deliver it was over the line.

That is, if anonye can determine what is over the line these days when, maybe more than ever, video is delivering on Andy Warhol's promise. We'll all be famous for 15 minutes.

In recent months we've seen an explosion in things we would never expect to see on video - parents setting up fights with their children; our-of-control kids harassing a bus driver and monitor; kids filming a vicious attack in school, and of a mentally challenged woman.

Alan Funt, the man who made 'Candid Camera' the first reality TV show, had no idea how video would evolve. Now every person with a smart phone has - and is all too willing to post - the most candid of videos.

Keep that in mind the next time you're in your local convenience store.

The Royer story - he's no longer missing

Make no mistake, I am very happy that missing college student Matthew Royer has turned up safe and sound, if a couple hundred miles from his home.

Too often these stories don't have these kind of happy endings.

I am interested, however, in just what happened and why he decided, when he was just 30 miles from his home in Skippack after finishing up classes at the University of Rhode Island,  to take a road trip.

I think our readers would, too. Royer was the subject of a lot of publicity, including no small amount on this website, after police and his parents pleaded for information on his whereabouts.

He turned up yesterday. You can read those details here.

But you won't find out much about what he was doing for those days when he was missing. His family is not talking and is now asking for privacy.

It's still better than the outcomes many feared. It just leaves a lot of questions.

Utley latest Phil to land on shelf

Look at the bright side, Phillies fans.

Charlie Manuel no longer has to worry how he's going to get at-bats for Freddy Galvis.

That's my effort to put a silving lining on the latest dark cloud to form over the Phillies. Chase Utley is on the shelf. Read it for yourself here. That twinge in his ribcage is a strained oblique. Yesterday the Phils put Utley on the 15-day disabled list.

They go into  Washington tonight just one game behind the struggling Nats, who are not exactly living up to their billing either. Dennis Deitch has those details.

Utley joins Carlos Ruiz on the sidelines, that's two big cogs in your starting lineup. Not to mention the loss of starting right-handed ace Roy Halladay.

Nothing is going to come easy for this Phils' team this year. Maybe they're waiting for warm weather. That's not a good omen for this Memorial Day weekend. It's supposed to be cool and wet.

Someone else on this team will have to pick up the ball. Ryan Howard, who has been struggling with a balky knee of his own, is notorious as a hot-weather hitter. He'll need to warm up fast if this team hope to survive its latest setback.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Daily Numbers for Thursday May 23

The Daily Numbers: 4 Delco men now charged in connection with the brutal murder of a Lancaster County man who police believe was killed for the money he had in his house.

200,000 dollars, how much police believe was stolen from home of the victim.

5,500 dollars, how much police allege Emlyn Jones of Middletown was paid to help hide the stolen loot.

7.8 percent of Democrats in Delaware County who made it out to the polls. Just embarrassing. The GOP didn't do a lot better.

13.6 percent of Republican exercised their right to vote.

25,000 to 30,000 spectators expected to cram into a corner of Haverford next month when the U.S. Open comes to Merion Golf Club.

715-247 vote in Brookhaven to end the borough's 'dry' tradition and allow a restaurant to seek a liquor license.

1,259-375
margin by which voters in Upper Chichester rejected a proposal that would have boosted local taxes to help build a new library.

2 Delaware County women who pleaded guilty to a plot to help break 2 convicted killers out of Chester County Prison.

3 years probation for a Chadds Ford man who got involved in a brawl after a night of drinking in West Chester.

2 billion dollars in damages from the EF5 tornado that slammed into an Oklahoma town.

31.2 million drivers expected to be out on the roads and wandering at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day weekend.

3 hits, all Cliff Lee surrendered in going the distance and shutting out the Miami Marlins last night.

5-2 record now for Lee, who threw 115 pitches and lowered his ERA to .248

1 game under .500 for the Phillies, at 23-24, and 1 game behind the Nats, where the Phils will play this weekend in D.C.

6-3 win for the girls from Bonner-Prendie to capture the Catholic League softball crown.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan. Don't like the sound of Chase Utley getting an MRI, not even a little bit. Keep your fingers crossed.

I Don’t Get It: Just some truly embarrassing turnout numbers from Tuesday's primary election. Shame on all those who failed to get to the polls.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Corey Crews-Williams, the Upper Darby High student and winner of the first Bailey O'Neill Scholarship.

Quote Box: “There's no question our work is cut out for us for the fall." - Delco Dem boss David Landau, after just 7.8 percent of registered Democrats cast ballots on Tuesday.

It's Party Time in Brookhaven!

Let's get this party started.

No, I'm not looking to get an early start on the Memorial Day Weekend. I'm talking about Tuesday's ballot question in Brookhaven.

The long-dry borough is bringing on the booze. And it wasn't particularly close. The move to allow sales of alcohol in at least one local eatery passed by a vote of 715-247. You can get all the details here.

Borough officials are making it clear they don't necessarily want a corner bar or saloon, but instead are looking for a nice family restaurant.

Advancements never cease to amaze me.

Next you'll be telling me the state is considering getting out of the booze business, blowing up the LCB and turning the whole operation over to private enterprise. Yeah, you're right. That's too much forward thinking.

I like Brookhaven Borough Council Vice President Ben Linowski's reaction to the vote. He believes it was long overdue.

"By about 45 years," he quipped.

Maybe Tom Corbett should put him in charge of dismantling the LCB.

The Phils' slow slog

One game.

That's all that stands between the Phillies and the .500 mark. It won't happen tonight. The Phils are off before they open a series in D.C. against the Nationals.

Yesterday this maddening team got both good and bad news.

The good? Another gem from Cliff Lee, who went the distance in shutting out the Marlins, 3-0. Lee gave up just three hits in blowing away the Fish. Delmon Young supplied the offense with another homer.

The bad? Chase Utley is having pain in his ribcage. He's going to have an MRI today. The Phils really can't afford any more injuries.

A good weekend in Washington would vault them over the Nats and allow them to set their sights on division-leading Atlanta.

If would probably help if they could get everybody on the field. In the meantime, everyone will hold their breath waiting for the results on Utley's MRI.

You can get Dennis Deitch's take on the game here.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday May 22

The Daily Numbers: 15 percent turnout in yesterday's Primary Election across the county.

60 percent turnout last November for the presidential election.

17,269 votes for Common Pleas Court candidate William Mackrides, making him the top vote getter in the county. He and fellow Republican Rich Cappelli will face Dems Nancy Walker and Steve Chanenson, who held serve on Dem side of ballot.

167 votes for Paula Brown on the Dem side for Magisterial District Judge in Darby. She lost on both sides of the ballot to Leonard Tenaglia.

16-9 vote by which Tameka Gibson-Williams won the Dem contest for mayor in Trainer.

1,000 dollar scholarship for Upper Darby High School student Corey Crews-Williams, in the name of Bailey O'Neill.

2 suspects nabbed by alert neighbors in a home break-in in Radnor.

44 million dollar tab now the pricetag for Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky affair.

24 people killed after revised numbers released in Oklahoma tornado.

200-plus people treated for various hospitals for injuries.

17 miles, how far the tornado traveled on the ground, destroying everything in its path.

1 mile wide, the girth of killer tornado.

200 mph winds, making it and EF5 twister, the top of the scale. Experts believe it was likely the most powerful tornado in history.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan. Tyler Cloyd and Jonathon Pettibone. Sounds like an accounting firm, not two key members of your pitching staff. I'm not going to complain about it.

I Don’t Get It: Sergio Garcia just buried his hole a little deeper when he made a rude, racial remark clearly targeting Tiger Woods. He later tried to pass it off as a joke. No one is laughing. See you at Merion, Sergio.

Today’s Upper: Kudos toUpper Darby High student Corey Crews-Williams, winner of the first $1,000 Bailey O'Neill Scholarship.

Quote Box: “That's what this country is built on - the right to choose." - Monir Ahmed, candidate for Chester City Council, on the light turnout in the city.

'Live From the Newsroom' with Bailey O'Neill Scholarship winner

Our live-stream Internet broadcast, 'Live From the Newsroom,' tonight will have a very special guest.

We will be visited by Upper Darby High School student Corey Crews-Williams, the winner of a $1,000 scholarship that honors Bailey O'Neill. You can read about his award here.

O'Neill, you might remember, was the Darby Township student who died after he developed seizures a few weeks after being involved in a schoolyard fight.

The scholarship honors Bailey's memory, with the funds put up by Teach Anti-Bullying Inc. and the Glen Riddle Rotary Club.

In addition to chatting with Crews-Williams, we'll be joined by Dr. Claudio Cerullo, the director of Teach Anti-Bullying Inc.

We'll discuss the recent findings released by the county District Attorney's office, including results of an autopsy that found no direct link between the fight and Bailey's death. The O'Neill family has remained steadfast in their belief that Bailey was the victim of bullying. The medical findings have not changed their beliefs.

Dr. Cerullo also will update us on the anti-bullying push in the county, including a recent move in Prospect Park to declare the borough a "bullying-free" town, sparked by the actions of 10-year-odl Hanna Maier.

Do you have a question for Crews-Williams? Or questions about the Bailey O'Neill findings? Email me your questions and we'll discuss them on the show tonight.

Then you can log on to DelcoTimes.com tonight at 7 and join our live chat.

Bullying is not going away. It is an issue that all of us continue to deal with. Why not join the conversation.

 


 

Of Primary importance? Doesn't seem that way

Raise your hand if you're surprised by yesterday's election results?

I'm not talking about who won or lost. I'm talking about how many people made those decisions.

Yeah, I'm not surprised either.

It looks like somewhere around 15 percent of eligible voters in Delco managed to get out to the polls and take part in the Democratic process. It was the same across the state.

This comes just a few months after more than 60 percent showed up to take part in the presidential election.

I don't get it. Why do we care so much about deciding who is going to take up residence in the White House, but so little in who is going to run borough hall? Or our local school boards?

As a nation, we show an amazing resiliency when faced with any kind of threat or natural disaster. Look at the patriotic fever that again swept the nation after the bombings at the Boston Marathon.  In these instances, we love to wear our patriotism on our sleeves.

But just a few scant weeks later, people went about their business, for the most part oblivious to what is perhaps the most patriotic thing you can do - vote.

I don't get it.

The numbers will improve a bit in November, when instead of nominating candidates for each party, we will actually decide the winners and losers in those races. Some voters, however, may be surprised that their choices have already been limited. That's what happens in some judicial and school races where candidates can cross-file.

Luckily, here in Delaware County, both parties held their serve in the races for two seats on the county Court of Common Pleas. Voters will have a choice between Republicans Richard Cappelli and William Mackrides, who will face Democrats Nancy Walker and Steve Chanenson. All four candidates cross-filed, but each party's picks won their side of the ballot, setting up the November race.

The same can't be said for voters in the Magisterial District Judge race for Darby Borough, Colwyn and Sharon Hill. If you are a Paula Brown backer, you just missed your chance, unless she decides to run a write-in campaign in November. That's becase Leonard Tenaglia won on both the Republican and Democratic ballots.

I'm not a big fan of cross-filing, but that's the system we use, so I don't blame candidates for trying to win both ballots.

That's exactly the kind of question candidates should consider when they stay away in droves during primary elections.

Of Primary importance? Hardly

Raise your hand if you're surprised by yesterday's election results?

I'm not talking about who won or lost. I'm talking about how many people made those decisions.

Yeah, I'm not surprised either.

It looks like somewhere around 15 percent of eligible voters in Delco managed to get out to the polls and take part in the Democratic process. It was the same across the state.

This comes just a few months after more than 60 percent showed up to take part in the presidential election.

I don't get it. Why do we care so much about deciding who is going to take up residence in the White House, but so little in who is going to run borough hall? Or our local school boards?

As a nation, we show an amazing resiliency when faced with any kind of threat or natural disaster. Look at the patriotic fever that again swept the nation after the bombings at the Boston Marathon.  In these instances, we love to wear our patriotism on our sleeves.

But just a few scant weeks later, people went about their business, for the most part oblivious to what is perhaps the most patriotic thing you can do - vote.

I don't get it.

The numbers will improve a bit in November, when instead of nominating candidates for each party, we will actually decide the winners and losers in those races. Some voters, however, may be surprised that their choices have already been limited. That's what happens in some judicial and school races where candidates can cross-file.

Luckily, here in Delaware County, both parties held their serve in the races for two seats on the county Court of Common Pleas. Voters will have a choice between Republicans Richard Cappelli and William Mackrides, who will face Democrats Nancy Walker and Steve Chanenson. All four candidates cross-filed, but each party's picks won their side of the ballot, setting up the November race.

The same can't be said for voters in the Magisterial District Judge race for Darby Borough, Colwyn and Sharon Hill. If you are a Paula Brown backer, you just missed your chance, unless she decides to run a write-in campaign in November. That's becase Leonard Tenaglia won on both the Republican and Democratic ballots.

I'm not a big fan of cross-filing, but that's the system we use, so I don't blame candidates for trying to win both ballots.

That's exactly the kind of question candidates should consider when they stay away in droves during primary elections.