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March 10, 2015
LOWER MERION After 10 months of a misnomer, Lower Merion is fixing the "Ardmore" sign on Anderson Avenue. The sign has read "Ar_more" since May, when a truck hit the bridge that carries SEPTA trains over Anderson Avenue. The 'D' was left dangling, and the township took it down for safety reasons. The bridge clearance is 10.5 feet, and this wasn't the first time a tall vehicle has topped out. The work was scheduled to be done overnight Thursday but has been delayed by weather.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARDMORE The latest chapter in a decadelong effort to boost downtown Ardmore and renovate its train station unfolded Wednesday night in the Lower Merion Township administration building as commissioners reviewed part of a controversial residential and retail project. During a contentious meeting at which commissioners spoke testily to one another and township staff, Building and Planning Committee members spent about three hours discussing whether to recommend approval of a preliminary land-development plan from Dranoff Properties whose result would be a new building with 121 apartments, ground-level retail space, and parking.
FOOD
November 6, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
A little smooch for Ardmore Besito (105 Coulter Ave., Ardmore, 484-417-6825) - translated as "little kiss" - replaces Suburban Square's long-running Plate, and the space has been transformed entirely. On the regional Mexican food chain, Besito's prices and date-night atmosphere make it comparable to Distrito. There's a private dining room, a full bar stocked with beer, sangria, and cocktails (and about 70 tequilas), plus an outdoor patio with a fireplace, tableside guacamole, and entrees from $17 to $29. It's open for dinner daily; lunch begins Nov. 23. Opa owners on Jewelers Row Brother and sister George and Vasiliki Tsiouris, who pay tribute to their Greek heritage with Opa and its Drury Beer Garden (1311 Sansom St.)
NEWS
September 11, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
A controversial redevelopment in downtown Ardmore is back on track after the state restored $10.5 million in grants that were previously pulled from the project. Carl Dranoff, president of Dranoff Properties, said the funding was critical for a high-rise apartment and retail complex across from the Ardmore train station. "Up until Friday, we didn't have a project," he said. "We kept plowing ahead during the whole 2014, advancing our plans and approvals on the hope that we would be ready to begin should we receive the grant.
NEWS
December 20, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARDMORE Like a railroad car chugging laboriously toward its destination, the downtown Ardmore revitalization and train station project had a big obstacle thrown in its path this week. The obstacle is $12 million in funding the state said it will cut. Lower Merion Township officials received a letter Monday that says Gov. Corbett plans to reduce a pledged $15.5 million grant from the state's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to $3.5 million. The grant is for the project to revitalize the Ardmore station and build a residential and commercial development nearby.
NEWS
June 22, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six months after Gov. Corbett pulled back $12 million in state funding for residential and commercial development meant to boost downtown Ardmore, the plan's fate remains muddled. Friends of the $50-million-plus project by developer Carl Dranoff are pressing for the money to be restored; critics want it blocked. "There are strong feelings from a number of different entities," Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni said Friday. "The governor wants all of that information. Once that flow of information stops, he'll make a decision.
FOOD
March 17, 2016
When the little Japanese grocery called Maido! closed its original location in Narberth, cooks seeking a local store for kombu, hand-pounded mochi rice cakes, or a wide range of imported furikake rice seasonings went into withdrawal. More important, Maido's lunch counter, known for homey rice bowls topped with chicken katsu in thick curry gravy and for tender gyu don beef stewed in sweet soy broth, was missed. Well, Maido! reemerged in the fall in a bright new space in Ardmore.
NEWS
August 1, 2012 | By Stephanie Farr and Daily News Staff Writer
AT 10 P.M. Sunday, the 10-year-old boy and his father should have been sharing a bedtime story or late-night snack. Instead, they shared a horrific experience neither is soon to forget.   According to township officials, the boy stabbed his 32-year-old father in the neck at the Ardmore apartment they share. The man was rushed by ambulance to Paoli Memorial Hospital, where he was recovering Monday. Meanwhile, his son was in the custody of family members, according to Thomas Walsh, spokesman for Lower Merion Township.
NEWS
March 14, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nine African American students from Ardmore are petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court, asking for a review of lower-court findings in their bias case against the Lower Merion School District. The students' attorney, David G.C. Arnold, filed notice of appeal Tuesday, in effect asking the nation's high court to reexamine a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in the redistricting case. The Third Circuit found on Dec. 15 that a 2009 plan to assign the students to Harriton High School against their will did not violate their constitutional rights.
NEWS
March 13, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nine African American students from Ardmore are petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court, asking for a review of lower court findings in their bias case against the Lower Merion School District. The student's attorney, David G.C. Arnold, filed notice of appeal this morning, in effect asking the nation's high court to reexamine a ruling by the Third Circuit of Appeals in the controversial redistricting case. The Third Circuit Court found on Dec. 15, that a 2009 plan to assign the students to Harriton High School against their will did not violate their constitutional rights.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, FOR DoTHIS
Just because his father is Waylon Jennings and his mother is Jessi Colter doesn't mean you should call Shooter Jennings an outlaw. The genre-jumping musician, loping vocalist, and provocative lyricist is barely even country, what with his leaps into dystopian hard rock ( Black Ribbons ), sleek arena blues ( Electric Rodeo ), and smoked-hammy Euro disco (the recently released Countach (For Giorgio) , a tribute to Giorgio Moroder). Still, he knows that you're out there, digging on his EP of George Jones covers, Don't Wait Up (For George)
NEWS
June 30, 2016 | By Lauren Feiner and Olivia Exstrum, STAFF WRITERS
Michael L. Pedicine, 98, of Ardmore, a popular local musician who placed his family above his career, died of pneumonia Sunday, June 26, at his home. In the 1950s, his version of "Shake a Hand" became a national hit, but Mr. Pedicine chose to remain where he felt most at home: the Philadelphia area. Mr. Pedicine started playing the saxophone at age 9, and by 10 was a regular on the local radio show The Horn & Hardart Children's Hou r, playing live every Sunday for eight years, granddaughter Christine Gatta said.
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for developer Carl Dranoff to build a luxury apartment and retail complex on the Main Line, ending a challenge by residents to stop the decade-old Ardmore project. In an order that consisted of a single sentence, the state's highest court affirmed a Commonwealth Court ruling late last year allowing state grant money to be used to help build Dranoff's One Ardmore Place. Residents in the Save Ardmore Coalition had argued that the $60 million, eight-story complex of high-end apartments, a parking garage, and street-level shops and restaurants was a misappropriation of state tax dollars.
NEWS
April 28, 2016
ISSUE | DEVELOPMENT Ardmore no longer needs Dranoff project Downtown Ardmore is a very different place than it was in 2008, when Lower Merion Township joined forces with developer Carl Dranoff to spur revitalization ("In Ardmore, a fight over funding for development," April 17). Since 2012, when Dranoff's proposed Ardmore station project was shifted from the train station to the Cricket Avenue parking lot, 267 residences have been built or planned within a half-mile of the SEPTA station - all without public subsidies.
NEWS
April 18, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
Things should have been easy after Lower Merion Township announced plans a decade ago for a redevelopment of downtown Ardmore, a Main Line town with its own Amtrak and SEPTA train stop. The township picked a private developer. He planned to spend millions to rebuild a puny, aging train station and surround it with a multistory complex of luxury residences, parking, and shops. The state agreed to kick in up to $15 million. But what transpired instead is a big-money saga now before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that focuses on a highly political grant pool controlled by the governor and state lawmakers.
FOOD
March 17, 2016
When the little Japanese grocery called Maido! closed its original location in Narberth, cooks seeking a local store for kombu, hand-pounded mochi rice cakes, or a wide range of imported furikake rice seasonings went into withdrawal. More important, Maido's lunch counter, known for homey rice bowls topped with chicken katsu in thick curry gravy and for tender gyu don beef stewed in sweet soy broth, was missed. Well, Maido! reemerged in the fall in a bright new space in Ardmore.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Seven Philadelphia-area "hipster" zip codes - five in the city, and Ardmore and Upper Darby - are among the top 30 nationally for profitable home flipping, says RealtyTrac, the Irvine, Calif., foreclosure search engine. RealtyTrac analyzed single-family homes and condos flipped (sold twice within a 12-month period) in 2015 in more than 15,000 zip codes nationwide and identified the top 30 so-called "hipster" zip codes for flipping. Flips in most of these local zip codes account for relatively few of the total home sales in 2015 - 3.3 percent in Upper Darby to 12.9 percent in 19146, comprising Southwest Center City and Point Breeze.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Anders Osborne may have been born in Sweden, but since arriving in New Orleans in 1985 - where he's now part of Louisiana's firmament - he's become one of the sturdiest, much-loved voices of rough-and-tumble Americana, buoyant blues and MOR rock. Recording plucky albums like 2013's Peace , being a pal-participant to Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, playing Ardmore Music Hall on Saturday with Amy Helm - herself, a scion and patron saint of Nu-Americana as the daughter of the late, legendary Levon Helm - all show what Osborne has become since landing in the United States.
NEWS
February 19, 2016 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
Don't you wonder sometimes 'Bout sound and vision? David Bowie asked that question. So did Kaki King, and it inspired her solo multimedia show The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body , which she will perform at the Ardmore Music Hall on Sunday night. Philly harpist Mary Lattimore will open. King, 36, is a much-lauded guitarist known for her virtuosic skills and diverse, unpredictable albums. She has released records of precise acoustic guitar instrumentals ( Everybody Loves You )
NEWS
February 14, 2016
Now you see PUNGE. Now you don't. That's because this amazingly fresh double IPA was one of the latest issues in the weekly spontaneous can series from Tired Hands' Fermentaria. And it was gone in a blink. Owner and brewchief Jean Broillet IV has always stoked long lines for special releases at the original Tired Hands Brew Cafe. At his larger Fermentaria in Ardmore, the arrival of an in-house canning line has given Broillet the flexibility to can two special hop-centric beers at will each week and announce their sale with just a day's notice via social media (@tiredhandsbeer)
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