June 22, 2014 |
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.
May 20, 2014 |
The M&Ms obviously didn't wrack their brains coming up with what to call themselves. The candy-coated name was inspired by the shared second initial of the four members of the newly formed supergroup - singer and guitarist Papa Mali, keyboardist John Medeski, bassist Robert Mercurio, and drummer Stanton Moore. That tossed-off idea is in line with the band's feel-over-thinking vibe, which they displayed at the Ardmore Music Hall on Friday night. All four members share virtuosic talents they place in service of uncomplicated, groove-based music.
April 12, 2014 |
In a raucous meeting that didn't end until 1:15 a.m. Thursday, members of the Lower Merion Township commissioners' Building and Planning Committee approved the preliminary land development plan for an apartment and retail building and parking project. Three commissioners voted against it, while 10 voted in favor of moving it along to next week's full Board of Commissioners meeting for final approval. While the project still would have to go through other township reviews, get permits, and meet more conditions if it is signed off on next week, the remaining actions would require only administrative approval from township staff.
April 11, 2014 |
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.
March 21, 2014 |
Many singer/songwriters have written songs of political protest, and others have delved into sci-fantasy. But no songwriter other than Paul Kantner has produced surprising works - hits, even - that touched on both sci-fi and politics. As cofounder/guitarist of Jefferson Airplane in the '60s, then Jefferson Starship in the '70s, Kantner turned psychedelic rock into his own socially conscious, freedom-seeking platform. On Friday, Kantner brings his newest version of Starship (featuring original and new members)
January 27, 2014 |
Elke M. Shihadeh, 78, of Ardmore, an expert in the art of hand bookbinding and historic-document restoration, died of pneumonia Wednesday, Jan. 15, at home. The former Elke Nissen practiced the highly specialized craft of restoring rare books with her husband, Fred H. Shihadeh, from her early 20s into her 70s. Mrs. Shihadeh had a special expertise in the restoration of damaged papers of historical significance. She personally restored the broadsides announcing the Declaration of Independence.
January 9, 2014 |
ARDMORE The mixed-use residential and retail development proposed by Dranoff Properties would add 36 public parking spaces in downtown Ardmore, a representative of the firm said during a presentation to the Planning Commission on Tuesday. Josh Weingram, Dranoff project manager, also said the firm was negotiating to bring a "celebrity chef" restaurant to the planned development on Cricket Avenue. One Ardmore Place would include a three-story parking structure, 110 underground parking spaces for residents, and some surface parking.
January 9, 2014 |
Hello there Erin stepped onto the patio of her friends' Ardmore home to get a little air. She saw some guys hanging out on the other side of the short wall separating the twin home's space from the neighbors'. But more important: beagles! "Oh, hi!" Erin said, bounding over the wall that August night in 2010. "I'm Erin. What's your dogs' names?" Erin was most enthralled by "this chubby little dog" named Mildred. Mildred's person, Andrew, was enthralled with Erin. "I thought she was really cute," he said.
December 22, 2013 |
HARRISBURG A conservative businessman and activist from Ardmore is exploring a challenge to Republican Gov. Corbett in next year's primary. Bob Guzzardi, known in political circles for his financial backing of conservative antiestablishment candidates, said Friday he would begin gathering signatures to get on the May ballot. In an interview, Guzzardi said he did not plan on raising money or spending his own. But, he said, Republicans deserve an alternative to Corbett, who he said has abandoned his conservative principles and strayed from his campaign promise of limited government and no new taxes.
December 20, 2013 |
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.