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May 1, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Suburban Square in Ardmore will lose its Macy's store in January, as part of the retailer's strategy to close stores nationwide in order to cater to the growing number of online shoppers, experts said. The Ardmore center and the location of the Macy's have historical significance. Suburban Square opened in 1928 as one of the first shopping centers in the United States, and likewise had one of the first department-store anchors when Strawbridge & Clothier opened there two years later.
NEWS
February 4, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Judge Steven T. O'Neill is used to hearing tales of addiction, depression, and cries for help in his Montgomery County drug court. But Monday's scene, with about 50 well-to-do Main Line supporters coming out to speak on behalf of one young defendant, was unusual. Timothy C. Brooks, 19, of Villanova, pleaded guilty in October to five charges as the No. 2 man in a drug ring that sought to corner the market on marijuana sales at Main Line prep schools. The operation was short-lived and its scope was modest in comparison to its extraordinarily high media profile.
NEWS
August 8, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
As she loaded groceries into the back of her car last Friday morning, Melissa Rudolph said she would not particularly miss the parking lot - or negotiating the aisles - at the Whole Foods store in Wynnewood. "This parking lot is tiny, and the store is cramped," said Rudolph, 28, of Conshohocken. After two decades at that location in Lower Merion Township, the grocery chain is preparing to move into a store nearly three times as large - and just around the corner on Lancaster Avenue.
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
A 60-year-old Main Line man has been charged with sexually abusing a family member, Radnor Township police said Wednesday. The counts against Charles Robinson of the unit block of Gable Road, Paoli, included corruption of minors, indecent assault of a person under 16, indecent exposure, and endangering the welfare of a child. Robinson posted $10,000 bail, and a hearing is set for Thursday. He was arrested on New Year's Eve, his 60th birthday, as police feared he would flee the area.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The White Dog Cafe in Wayne, the Main Line location of the well-known restaurant, was heavily damaged Thursday when a two-alarm fire broke out in the kitchen shortly before noon. Firefighters from the surrounding area fought the blaze, which started at 11:45 a.m., amid a heavy downpour, and brought it under control within an hour. The restaurant and offices in the building were evacuated when crews arrived, and no injuries were reported. "Our intent is to make the necessary repairs as quickly as possible and reopen," said Marty Grims, the owner of the restaurant in Radnor Township.
NEWS
June 11, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a convenience store owner in one of the area's most affluent suburbs, Tariq Mahmood is accustomed to meeting - not minting - millionaires. But his Sunoco APlus store in Wynnewood did just that Monday, selling a Pennsylvania Cash 5 ticket worth $1 million to a 31-year-old West Chester man. The busy store and gas station is on Lancaster Avenue in Lower Merion, the heart of the Main Line. Just as popular as its gas and soda, however, are its lottery machines; Monday's winner was a regular patron and his ticket the third big jackpot sold there in a year.
NEWS
January 9, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
A Main Line man accused of sexually abusing a family member waived his preliminary hearing Thursday, setting the stage for an eventual plea agreement. Charles Robinson, 60, left the court wearing his jacket hood pulled down over his face, and swatted at, and damaged, a news photographer's camera before driving off. The waiver spared the victim, who was at the court, from testifying. Robinson, of the unit block of Gable Road, Paoli, is charged with corruption of minors, indecent assault of a person under 16, indecent exposure, and endangering the welfare of a child.
FOOD
October 6, 2011 | By Ashley Primis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Main Liners are often heard repeating the same sentiment: Why are there no good restaurants where they live? It's not a region that's short on openings. BYOs such as TiraMisu in Berwyn and high-caliber spots like Paramour and Xilantro in Wayne are a few that have opened in recent months. But few seem to make the splash that residents are desperate for. "I personally think the choices out here are horrible," said one Main Line mom, who didn't want to be named. And on every food-loving Main Liner's wish list?
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | By Cat Coyle, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former tennis coach at a Main Line girls' school pleaded guilty Wednesday to corruption charges for sending suggestive texts to a 15-year-old player on his team in 2013. Charles Meredith, 54, coached the girl for about two years at the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic college preparatory school in Radnor Township. Meredith was fired from the school in October 2013 and arrested that December after an investigation by police from Delaware County and Radnor and Lower Merion Townships.
NEWS
June 29, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
This is one wildlife video that probably won't turn up on Animal Planet anytime soon. Police in Lower Merion say a security camera captured footage of two upscale Main Line real estate agents tossing dead mice and snakes onto the yard of their next-door neighbor's $1 million home on Booth Lane – all part of an alleged plot to sabotage its sale, because their house is also on the market. Jonathan and Andrea Straub, who sell multi-million dollar homes for Prudential Fox & Roach, were also caught on video cutting branches off trees, knocking over "For Sale" signs and otherwise vandalizing the property, according to police, who cited them for disorderly conduct and harassment.
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BUSINESS
January 27, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, Staff Writer
The moment that developer Bill Burris learned in March 2013 that St. Charles Borromeo Seminary wanted to sell or lease the bulk of its Wynnewood campus, including the landmark chapel, he started working on a proposal he thought was perfect for the site. Burris, part-owner of a senior-living firm in New Jersey, wanted to create a mix of senior apartments, assisted-living units, and a facility, potentially in partnership with Main Line Health, where individuals could get short-term medical care after surgery or an illness.
NEWS
January 9, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
A Main Line man accused of sexually abusing a family member waived his preliminary hearing Thursday, setting the stage for an eventual plea agreement. Charles Robinson, 60, left the court wearing his jacket hood pulled down over his face, and swatted at, and damaged, a news photographer's camera before driving off. The waiver spared the victim, who was at the court, from testifying. Robinson, of the unit block of Gable Road, Paoli, is charged with corruption of minors, indecent assault of a person under 16, indecent exposure, and endangering the welfare of a child.
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
A 60-year-old Main Line man has been charged with sexually abusing a family member, Radnor Township police said Wednesday. The counts against Charles Robinson of the unit block of Gable Road, Paoli, included corruption of minors, indecent assault of a person under 16, indecent exposure, and endangering the welfare of a child. Robinson posted $10,000 bail, and a hearing is set for Thursday. He was arrested on New Year's Eve, his 60th birthday, as police feared he would flee the area.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2015 | By Chris Satullo, For The Inquirer
'Five minutes, everybody, five minutes. " Harris Diggs, stage manager for Penn Comic Theatre, strolled through the basement warren that masqueraded as a dressing area for the cast of 2015: Was It Just a Dream? Intermission was half over. Dressing-room speakers buzzed with audience chatter. "Another great house tonight!" Nick O'Malley said. "You killed with the new bit, Marsh. You killed!" Marshall Jefferson took this praise with a smile. As was her half-crazed wont, creative director Gwendolyn Driver had scrapped one sketch that, in her judgment, hadn't "landed" with audiences during the first week of performances.
NEWS
December 20, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
Walking in neat lines, 110 third and fourth graders filed into the auditorium of St. Francis de Sales Catholic elementary school in West Philadelphia on Friday and took their seats. "Is anyone feeling nervous today?" visiting artist Brandi Burgess asked the assembled students. Hands shot into the air. "Me, too," Burgess said. "But I just want to tell you, this is not a show. . . . This is just showing off what you've done, what you've learned. " And the room of quiet children in ties and plaid jumpers was transformed into a band of young troupers eager to display the acting chops they had developed in their weekly drama classes with Burgess.
REAL_ESTATE
November 22, 2015 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
When Daphne Howard was a child, houses in her Main Line neighborhood had formal living rooms with sofas upholstered in brocade or chintz, and formal dining rooms with mahogany buffets, tables, and high-back chairs. Windows were enveloped in silken drapes with swagged valances. Today, she owns a Main Line home with a different decor. "We are not formal people; I didn't want a formal dining room or living room," she says. Instead, she opted for an "eclectic modern" look. The Cape Cod in Rosemont, built in 1933, was purchased by Daphne and husband Rob in 1997.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Change is in the air at Suburban Square, dubbed by some as the "downtown of the lower Main Line. " With the intended departure of anchor Macy's in early 2016, a handful of retailers have either signed long-term leases or short-term ones, known as "pop ups," to test the well-heeled market over the holiday shopping season. Pam Ahrens of Ardmore sampled Ellelauri - a women's contemporary clothing store and one of three pop-up shops - for the first time Tuesday. Inside, she bought a pair of $198 7 for All Mankind jeans and a silk blouse caught her eye. "I like the things in there," said Ahrens, an executive for a furniture company.
NEWS
November 18, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 53-year-old mother and her son have been charged with selling drugs out of their Main Line home to local college students, Radnor Township police said Monday. About $4,000 worth of marijuana and suspected quantities of heroin were found at the Garrett Road residence of Joann M. Badey and George J. Badey IV, 24, the son of township Democratic Party chairman George J. Badey III, police said. Reached by phone, George Badey III, declined to comment. The Badeys are divorced. The two both were charged with multiple counts of manufacturing, delivery or possession, conspiracy, endangering the welfare of children and other related crimes.
NEWS
October 22, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Longtime customer Sandy McKenna marched into Yangming Restaurant on Tuesday as if she owned the place and demanded to see the kitchen. "I am the scout," she announced, with an air of confidence and a wave of her hand. On behalf of more reluctant friends, she came to see for herself whether the popular Main Line eatery - closed since August for major health violations - had cleaned up its act. Alan Huynh, the general manager, hesitated - even though, at a news conference moments before McKenna arrived, he promised to show the kitchen to anyone who asked.
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