Thursday, May 23, 2013
From Memorial Day parades to holiday fender benders, this live map shows delays and diversions on suburban Philadelphia area roads right now.
If you're on a mobile device, click here to view the map. When you're done getting gas and packing the car, check out the live results from MapQuest above to see what's standing between you and the start of your three-day weekend. Mapquest scans for parade routes, ongoing construction, block parties and traffic jams. If your route is green, your good. If it's red, you may be headed into a line of rubbernecking fools. Good luck!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
According to Lower Merion Police, the Cynwyd Circle resident was uninjured.
A Bala Cynwyd woman got a scare earlier this month when she spotted a prospective intruder attempt to enter her home, Lower Merion Police are reporting. The woman was uninjured and, according to police, nothing was stolen. According to police, on May 13 sometime before 3:14 p.m., a resident of the 500 block of Cynwyd Circle was walking her dog around the neighborhood when she saw a suspicious person in her backyard. The woman entered her home and, from inside, saw the man—who she described to police as an approximately 18-year-old black male with a thin build, dark pants, and a black T-shirt—attempt to open her back door. Lower Merion Police say the woman ran out her the front door and over to a neighbors' house, where she called …
A fence around each Pennsylvania school? David Lu thinks it 'ought to be a law.'
Ah, the wisdom of children. David Lu, a fifth grader at Penn Valley Elementary, recently won Rep. Tim Briggs' annual "There Ought to be a Law" essay contest with a proposal on school safety. Lu suggested a law that would secure all school entrances, install fences along school property, and mandate all students and staff participate in regular safety drills. Lu's essay was selected from over 400 submissions. Briggs, who attended a recent Lower Merion School Board of Directors meeting to present David and the other finalists with an official citation from the state house celebrating their accomplishment, said the annual contest provides him with a valuable reminder: his constituents include children, as well as grownups. “I represent 62,000…
You can use this gas price widget to always find the lowest price of the moment. Pro tip: Gas up early to save money.
Click here for a full-screen view of the gas price map. The map above shows the best prices for Philadelphia. To get your local area, put your zip code into the search box. Nationwide, gas prices were predicted to be lower this summer compared to the last three years, but that won't translate into savings at the pump this Memorial Day weekend, experts said. "Motorists this year are facing rising gas prices heading into the Memorial Day holiday," said Michael Green, a AAA spokesman, adding that Memorial Day 2013 would probably be the most expensive since 2011. In past years, prices have declined, heading into early summer as oil refineries produced more gasoline to meet expected summer driving demand. This year, though, Midwest refineries …
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The forward averaged 11.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 4.1 blocks for the state champs.
Yohanny Dalembert is headed to James Madison University. The 6-foot-8-inch linchpin of the Lower Merion Aces 2013 PIAA AAAA state championship team, and half-brother of former Philadelphia 76er Sam Dalembert, spurned Drexel, Niagara, Wagner, Memphis, Temple, and Villanova to join JMU, Philly.com is reporting. Dalembert averaged 11.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 4.1 blocks, according to the paper. Dalembert's Aces teammate, BJ Johnson, had previously accepted a basketball scholarship to Syracuse University, while 2012 Lower Merion graduate Darryl Reynolds agreed to play at Villanova last month.
Who’s NOT planning a BBQ this weekend? If the weather holds and you’ve got propane or charcoal, chances are, you’re grilling something with your friends and family. Here are new ideas for keeping your costs down. Sponsored by Home Depot.
Here at Patch, we like to be thrifty, so we talked to two barbecue experts and uncovered some really good ideas to help you save money on your next outdoor party. 1. Start with a marinade. This means planning ahead—say, Friday. But it’s worth it, says Rick Browne, host of Barbecue America on PBS, because you can pass up that well-marbled rib eye steak and buy a less tender and less expensive choice to grill like a flank steak or chuck steak. Just marinate it or brine for one or two days and then cook long and slow on the barbecue grill to break down tissues but maintain moisture. “You need to include an acid in the marinade, perhaps juice, vinegar or soy sauce, but avoid cola which is so acidic it can turn meat into a soggy mess.” Try …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The shop has raised more than $100,000 for local charities, but with its chief volunteer leaving, it won't be able to stay open.
The Shop of Church of the Redeemer will close its doors, possibly for the last time, on June 18. After six years at its helm, manager Lou de Lisser announced her resignation effective May 30 and now the consignment shop—which has raised more than $100,000 for a variety of local charities—will host a series of going-out-of business sales before beginning a hiatus the church's parishioners hope isn't permanent. "After six years, [Lou] needs a break," explained church director of communications and stewardship Ken Garner. "And no one is stepping forward right now." While the church is holding out hope that someone will eventually volunteer to relaunch the shop, at the moment, Redeemer is focused on unloading the items it has on hand—which …
Plan your holiday weekend here.
Local governments and organizations across the Philadelphia area have planned Memorial Day observances. If you don't see your local event below, please tell us about it in the comments section at the bottom.
Cynwyd Elementary is hitting the century mark.
Cynwyd Elementary School is turning 100. And on Wednesday, the school will kick-off the yearlong celebration of its 100th anniversary with Cynwyd Community Day. The event, which runs from 9:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will include track and field events for the students, sidewalk art, and games. Students will also get a chance to choose one of four potential logos to appear on all promotional materials raising awareness of Cynwyd Elementary's milestone. The logos were designed by graphic artists, and Cynwyd parents, Christine Weatherwax and Ute Kraidy. “It’s wonderful that we’re the first school turning 100. I’m honored as co-president to be planning this year’s look into our history," said Cynwyd Elementary HSA Co-President Peg Wahrman. Funds …