Friday, September 30, 2011

Pols: Death of Anwar al-Awlaki a victory

U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, commended President Barack Obama and U.S. Intelligence officials Friday for the reported killing of al-Qaida operative Anwar al-Awlaki.

“The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki is a great victory in the U.S. fight against al Qaeda and affiliated groups, including (al-Qaida)in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP),” said Meehan, chairman of the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, in a prepared statement. “Since its emergence in early 2009, AQAP has been one of the leading threats to the United States, as illustrated on Christmas Day 2009.”

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said the death represents a “major blow” to the strength of al-Qaida.

“This is another victory against terrorists who have targeted the U.S,” said Casey, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs. “I thank the intelligence officials and service members who are working tirelessly to keep us safe and target terrorists wherever they try to hide.”

The Associated Press reports more here.

Progressive Summit to take place in Philly

The third annual Pennsylvania Progressive Summit will take place in February in Philadelphia.

The event, hosted by Keystone Progress, will take Feb. 10-12 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 1101 Arch St. in Philadelphia.

“This summit will bring together hundreds of Pennsylvanians to discuss the important issues of the day, advance progressive policy and help build the progressive movement,” said Keystone Progress Executive Director Michael Morrill in a prepared statement.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Voter registeration deadline looming

In order to avoid a last-minute rush, county officials are urging Delco residents to register to vote soon for the upcoming election.

Residents have until Oct. 11 to register to vote in the Nov. 8 Municipal General Election.

In order to be eligible to vote, a person must be a U.S. citizen for at least one month before the election; a resident of Pennsylvania and election district for at least 30 days prior to the election; and must be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day.

Residents can register in person at the county's registration commission, located in the lobby of the Government Center at 201 West Front Street in Media.

Registration forms can also be completed at many state and federal offices. In addition, people can register when they renew their drivers licenses at Pennsylvania Department of Transportation photo license centers.

Residents can also register by filling out a form and mailing it back to the county's office. An online registration form is available at http://www.votespa.com/.

House Democratic Policy Committee to host Marcellus Shale hearing

The House Democratic Policy Committee will be hosting a Marcellus Shale hearing at Delaware County Community College in October.

State Rep. Greg Vitali, D-166, of Haverford, said the hearing will focus on air pollution concerns related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.

“Air quality is a growing concern as Marcellus drilling expands across the state,” said Vitali in a prepared statement. “The purpose of this hearing is to examine the extent of air pollution associated with drilling and what steps need to be taken to address that.”

Several experts will be speakers at the hearing, including officials from environmental and health agencies along with representatives from the drilling industry.

The hearing will begin 10 a.m. Oct. 12 at the college’s main campus at 901 South Media Line Road in Marple. It will take place in the large auditorium, room 2225, in the Academic Building.

The hearing is open to the public but only members of the Democratic committee can ask questions of the speakers.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Poll: Pa. voters against Pileggi's proposal

A poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University showed that most Pennsylvania voters do not favor Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi’s recent proposal to change how Pennsylvania awards its electoral votes in presidential elections.

Pileggi, R-9, of Chester, introduced the proposal earlier this month. The plan would replace the current “winner-take-all” system in Pennsylvania and require presidential candidates to win individual congressional districts.

The poll shows that 52 percent to 40 percent of voters would prefer the current winner-take-all system over Pileggi’s proposal to award electoral votes by congressional district.

The poll also shows that 57 percent to 32 percent of voters believe Republicans in the state Legislature want to switch the system in order to help Republican presidential candidates. In addition, the poll also finds that 51 percent to 38 percent of voters believe the switch would diminish Pennsylvania’s importance as a key swing state in presidential elections.

“Pennsylvania voters say stick to the winner-take-all formula used in most states: Whoever gets the most popular votes, wins all of the state’s Electoral College votes,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a prepared statement.

Quinnipiac University conducted the poll by phone from Sept. 21-26 and included 1,370 registered voters in Pennsylvania. The overall sample of registered voters had a sampling error margin of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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As a resident of Delco, what do you think about Pileggi's proposal?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dems hold rally

Democratic candidates for Delaware County Council and county judge held a rally and news conference Tuesday night at the Twentieth Century Club in Lansdowne.

“It’s time to move this county in a bold new direction,” said Pastor Keith Collins of Ridley Park, one of the Democratic candidates for county council.

The other two Democratic candidates for county council include Lansdowne Mayor Jayne Young and Lin Axamethy Floyd, former president of the Nether Providence Township Board of Commissioners.

While holding a small red box, Floyd laid out an analogy of the current county council, arguing that the public is rarely invited into the decision-making process.

“We’ve got to open that box,” said Floyd.

Collins, Young and Floyd are running against three Republicans for county council. The GOP candidates include incumbent Tom McGarrigle, a former vice chairman of the Springfield Township Board of Commissioners, county Solicitor John McBlain, a former Aldan Borough councilman, and Colleen Morrone, a vice chairwoman of the Concord Township Board of Commissioners.

Pete Peterson, a spokesman for the GOP candidates, issued a statement following the Democrats’ rally.

“While the Democrats are attempting to rally support from their liberal base, the Republican candidates have spent the past several months discussing job creation issues with average voters, knocking on 7,500 doors, meeting commuters at train stations, visiting with local small business owners and attending community days,” said Peterson. “Colleen, Tom, and John have been focused on putting together a true economic and job creation plan that they look forward to sharing with voters over the coming weeks.”

The Democratic candidates for county council were joined three Democratic candidates for county judge, including G. Lawrence DeMarco, Sally-Ann Heckert Bikin, and Michael Schleigh.

The Republican candidates for county judge include Spiros E. Angelos, county council Vice Chairman Christine Fizzano Cannon, John Capuzzi Sr., District Attorney G. Michael Green. Nathaniel Nichols has received support from both the Democrats and Republicans.

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As a resident of Delco, what do you think? Do you agree that it's time to move the county in a different direction?

Rep. Davidson to hold night office hours

State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-164, of Upper Darby, has plans to have evening office hours at her Upper Darby Office.

The office, located in the Barclay Square Shopping Center at 1500 Garrett Road, will now be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays. The office is also open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Davidson will also have "mobile" office hours from 10 a.m. to noon on the following dates:
-Oct. 1, Millbourne Borough Hall, 9 Park Ave.
-Nov. 5 at Faith Worship Center, 65 Penn Blvd., East Lansdowne.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Local legislators weigh in on Pileggi's plan

Legislators from Delco said they are looking forward to hearing more information about Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi’s recent proposal to change how Pennsylvania awards its electoral votes in presidential elections.

Pileggi, R-9, of Chester, introduced the plan last week. In a nutshell, the plan would replace the current “winner-take-all” system in Pennsylvania and require presidential candidates to win individual congressional districts.

Here are some of their comments:

State Sen. Ted Erickson, R-26,of Newtown, and U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, both said they'd like to hear more about the Pileggi plan.

State Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-162, of Ridley Park, said he wasn’t concerned that Pileggi’s proposal would affect him in the next election.

“As far as Delco goes, we have some of the most independent voters in the commonwealth,” Miccarelli said. “I think voters look more at the individual candidates than the party.”

State Reps. Greg Vitali, D-166, of Haverford and Margo Davidson, D-164, of Upper Darby, questioned the proposal.

Vitali said he'd like to see a proposal more in line with this one.

"Whether or not a new congressional map waters down the clout of this area, the Pileggi plan would wipe out much of Pennsylvania’s clout nationally,” said Davidson in a prepared statement. “It’s a purely partisan power grab just for power’s sake that puts special interests ahead of Delaware County and Pennsylvania and it could backfire on Republicans.”

Although Republican state representatives in neighboring suburban Philadelphia counties have been more vocal about their displeasure for Pileggi’s plan, several state representatives from Delco did not return requests for comment.

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As a resident of Delco, what do you think about Pileggi's proposal?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Looking for face time with local pols?

Looking for some face time with local pols?

Here are some upcoming events:

-U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, will host an informational session next week to inform senior citizens how to protect themselves against fraud.
The "Know Your Rights" event will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Knights of Columbus at 18 Baltimore Pike in Springfield.

-The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and State Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-9, of Chester, will host a personal money management seminar at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Aston Community Center Field House at 3270 Concord Road.


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Switching gears...

The Delaware County Veterans Affairs Department will host three veterans outreach seminars in upcoming weeks, including:

•9 a.m.-11 a.m. Oct. 5, in the Thomas Bruder Life Center Building – McNichol Room at Neumann University, Aston.
•3 p.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Tomezsko Building (Room 103) at the Penn State Brandywine Campus, Middletown.
•9 a.m.-11 a.m. Dec. 8 in the University Center – Webb Room at Widener University Main Campus, Chester.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Disaster Recovery Center coming to Delco

A Disaster Recovery Center will be set up for Delco residents affected by Hurricane Irene in Darby Township, according to county officials.

Federal representatives will open the center Saturday at the Darby Township Municipal Building, located at 21 Bartram Ave. in the Briarcliffe section of the township.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Small Business Administration will be on hand to accept applications for low-interest loans for damages to homes and businesses caused by Hurricane Irene, according to county officials.

The disaster center will be open from 1p.m.-7p.m. Saturday. The center will remain open from 10a.m.-7p.m. Monday through Friday for at least two weeks.

Residents and business owners can also apply for disaster loans electronically.

When applying for disaster assistance, necessary documentation is needed such as Social Security number, private insurance information and address of damaged property. The filing deadline for physical property damage is Nov. 14; the deadline for economic injury applications is June 12, 2012, according to county officials.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Protestors gather outside Pileggi's office

A small group of protestors gathered outside of Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi’s Chester office Monday afternoon to express disgust with a plan he proposed last week to change how Pennsylvania awards its electoral votes in presidential elections.

Jeff Garis, the Pennsylvania political director of America Votes, posed as Pileggi and wore a mask with picture of the senator’s face.

“I am Sen. Pileggi,” Garis shouted, while marching in front of the senator’s office. “Rig elections now!”

The group argued that Pileggi should concentrate on job creation instead of changing the electoral vote process.

Pileggi's proposal would replace the “winner take all” system and require presidential candidates to win individual congressional districts.

The senator's spokesman, Erik Arneson, released the following statement after the protest:

“Senator Pileggi believes that spirited, vigorous debate on important issues such as reforming the electoral college is vital. His proposal is intended to more fairly align Pennsylvania’s electoral college votes with the results of the popular vote, which would give voters across the state a more significant say in presidential elections."

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What do you think about Pileggi's plan?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Upcoming fairs in the county

Delco residents, there are a few upcoming fairs taking place in the county.

-A Women’s Wellness Fair will take place at the county Government Center in Media from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 20.

-The Delaware County Office of Intellectual Disabilities will be hosting a Provider Fair from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 12 in rooms 171-172 at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit in Morton.

Delco parents to discuss education with area legislators at forum next month

Parents from Delco’s 15 school districts are planning a multi-district public education forum.

The forum will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center at 601 N. Lansdowne Ave. in Drexel Hill. Legislators from Delco have been invited to the event.

Back in May, parents from neighboring Chester County school districts held a similar forum with legislators.

Anyone interested in attending, should RSVP at delcolegislativeforum.eventbrite.com. Anyone interested in helping with the planning should contact Marian Rucci, Delco PA Pass County Coordinator at rucci.papass@live.com.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

GOP officials want Meehan to run for Senate

Alright, it's official.

Republican officials across the state are hounding U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, to run for Senate against U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Jr.

Delaware County GOP Chairman Andrew Reilly confirmed Thursday that he has received several phone calls from Republican officials across the state who have relayed that they would be supportive of Meehan if he had an interest in running for Senate.

“(Meehan) has a great reputation across the state for helping his constituents,” said Reilly.

Next question: Does that mean Meehan will run?

It's unclear at this point. His spokeswoman, Maureen Keith, says he is focused on the 7th district. Reilly also said Meehan seems focused on the district.

Meanwhile, there is a slew of other people who are expressing an interest in running against Casey. They include David Christian, a Bucks County businessman; Marc Scaringi, a Harrisburg-area lawyer; John Vernon, a retired U.S. Army colonel from Tioga County; and Steven Welch, a businessman from the Philadelphia suburbs.

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Final question: As a resident of Delco, do you think Meehan would make a good U.S. Senator?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

GOP candidates tour another business

The Republican candidates for Delaware County Council discussed their support for small businesses and energy-saving measures at Pfaff Brothers Construction and Alternative Energy Solutions in Glenolden Wednesday afternoon.

The GOP candidates include incumbent Tom McGarrigle, a small business owner and former vice chairman of the Springfield Township Board of Commissioners, county Solicitor John McBlain, a former Aldan Borough councilman, and Colleen Morrone, a vice chairwoman of the Concord Township Board of Commissioners and chief mission officer for Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County.

The Republicans visited SAP in Newtown Square last week. They said they will eventually unveil an economic development plan.

The three Democratic candidates also said they support economic development and job creation. The three Democrats include Keith Collins of Ridley Park, Lansdowne Mayor Jayne Young and former Nether Providence Board of Commissioners president Lin Axamethy Floyd.

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It would be interesting to hear more from the Democrats. Maybe they will have an event soon. What do you think?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Meehan for Senate?

The Pennsylvania Republican Party is looking for a candidate to challenge U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa., in the upcoming election, the Philly Clout reports.

The GOP is reportedly eyeing three candidates as a possible Casey challenger, including U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, according to the Clout. The other two candidates being eyed by the GOP reportedly include U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, of Chester County, and U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, of Lehigh County.

Maureen Keith, Meehan’s spokeswoman, told the Delaware County Daily Times that her boss is focused on representing the 7th district. She said all of his efforts are being spent on job creation and other issues facing the district.

County Council to take meeting on the road

Hey Delco, have you heard?

Delaware County Council has plans to take its Sept. 27 meeting on the road. It will take place at 6 p.m. at the Clifton Heights Borough Hall at 30 South Springfield Road.

On another note, there will be a hazardous waste collection and computer recycling event on Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rose Tree Park in Upper Providence.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Delco organizations, officials to host 9.11 events

Several events will take place throughout the county and neighboring areas in honor of the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Below is a sampling of some of the events scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 11.

10:30 a.m. – Philadelphia International Airport International Arrivals Hall on the 3rd Floor of Terminal A-West – remembrance ceremony
11 a.m. – Rose Tree Park off Route 252 in Upper Providence – county officials’ memorial service
11 a.m. – Springfield Friends Meeting at 1001 Sproul Road – worship gathering
1 p.m. – Delaware County officials call residents to participate in nationwide Moment of Remembrance
1 p.m. – Aston Township Memorial Garden at 5 Points at Concord and Pennell roads –Boy Scout Troop 225’s memorial service
1 p.m. – St. Davids Park off East Lancaster Avenue – Radnor officials’ memorial ceremony
1 p.m. – Clifton Heights Fire Department off Baltimore Pike – Clifton Height officials' memorial service and dedication of new memorial
3 p.m. – Saint Denis Roman Catholic Church at 2401 Saint Denis Lane in Havertown –prayer service
3-5 p.m. – Darby Recreation Center at 10th Street and Ridge Avenue – Darby Borough Community Development Corporation’s commemorative service
3 p.m. – First United Methodist Church at Lemon and State streets in Media – remembrance ceremony
5 p.m. – St. Michael’s Episcopal Church at 813 Longacre Blvd. in Yeadon – commemoration service
6 p.m. – Brandywine Battlefield at Route 1 in Chadds Ford – remembrance ceremony
7 p.m. – Media Presbyterian Church at 30 E. Baltimore Avenue in Media – inter-denominational remembrance service
7 p.m. – Bristol Lord Field off 6th Street and Castle Avenue in Upland – Upland officials’ memorial service
7 p.m. – Marple Township’s Veterans Memorial Park off Lawrence Road in Broomall – remembrance service by Marple officials, the Marple Newtown Veterans Alliance and the Boy Scouts of America
7 p.m. – Villanova University Grotto outside of Corr Hall in Radnor – remembrance service

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Rep. Davidson to host community picnic

State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-164, of Upper Darby, will host a free back-to-school community event from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the 2nd ward playground at Church Lane and Greenwood Avenue in Upper Darby.

Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to pre-register by calling Davidson's office at 610-259-7016. Free backpacks will be distributed on a first-come, first serve basis while supplies last, Davidson said in a release.

Survivors of Suicide event to take place

Survivors of Suicide, Inc., will host its 11th annual candlelight vigil memorial service at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9 in the Rose Tree Park Amphitheater to raise awareness about suicide prevention and for people who have lost someone to suicide, according to county officials. The event is open to the public.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

GOP candidates for county council talk jobs, economy

The three Republican candidates for Delaware County Council toured the Newtown Square campus of SAP America Inc. Wednesday to discuss job creation and economic issues.

So what's the cornerstone for their campaign?

Jobs and the economy, they say.

“It’s important to bring new jobs and businesses to the county,” said Colleen Morrone,one of the GOP candidates.

Morrone is vice chair of the Concord Township Board of Commissioners and chief mission officer for Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County. The other two Republican candidates for county council include incumbent Tom McGarrigle, a small business owner and former vice chairman of the Springfield Township Board of Commissioners and county solicitor John McBlain, a former Aldan Borough Councilman.

The GOP candidates are running against three Democrats, including Pastor Keith Collins of Ridley Park, Lansdowne Mayor Jayne Young and former Nether Providence Board of Commissioners President Lin Axamethy Floyd.

Below is a portion of a statement one of the Dems made when asked to weigh in on the Republicans' event.

“The meet and greet at SAP makes a nice photo opportunity, but Delaware County’s economy depends on more than multi-national corporations like SAP and Sunoco,” said Floyd. “We all know such companies make decisions in corporate headquarters far removed from Delaware County. Delaware County Council needs to take a big picture view of the businesses, small and large, that make their home here.”

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As a resident of Delco, what are your thoughts about the candidates?