DUI Charges Upheld

By Pattie Price

Robert Foster, 32, of Wilmington, DE, waived a hearing before Magisterial District Judge Dave Lang on the charge of DUI for an incident 3:48 a.m., April 21, on Marple Woods Drive, Marple, Pa.. In exchange for the waiver the charge of careless driving was withdrawn.
According to the affidavit, Marple Officer Ray Stiles responded to a report of a fight and located a car that went down an embankment. Both occupants were out of the car and uninjured.
Field sobriety tests showed signs that Foster was impaired. A breath test showed a high level of alcohol.
Foster was transported to Springfield Hospital for a blood test.
Foster was released and is scheduled for a Sept. 5 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.
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Nicole Monastra, 25, of Aldan, waived a hearing on the charges of DUI, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges stem from an incident 6:32p.m., April 11, at the Country Squire Diner, 2560 West Chester Pike.
According to the affidavit, Marple Officer Joe McGettigan responded to the parking lot for a report of a suspected impaired driver from an off-duty Brookhaven Police Officer who saw Monastra hit the center medial strip several times.
McGettigan spoke to Monastra and she related she was on her way to work and got lost in Broomall. She left her car running when she decided to run in the diner to get an employment application.
Monastra was unsteady on her feet and exhibited signs of impairment during field sobriety tests. She was transported to Springfield Hospital for a blood test.
A small bag of marijuana, a smoking pipe and some pills were confiscated from Monastra’s car.
Monastra was released and is scheduled for a Sept. 5 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.
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John McLaughlin, 22, of Havertown plead guilty to disorderly conduct for an incident 1:32p.m., Nov. 26, at Delaware County Community College, 901 S. Media Line Road.
In exchange for the guilty plea, the charges of criminal mischief and harassment were withdrawn.
According to the affidavit, Marple Detective Barry Williams said McLaughlin had an argument with his ex-girlfriend and shattered her front windshield, pulled off her rearview mirror, and punched and dented her dashboard. The damage was estimated at $3,546.27.
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Matthew Pope, 32, of Hatboro plead guilty to bad checks for an incident 11:25 a.m., July 22, at the Broomall Post Office, 2628 West Chester Pike. In exchange for the guilty plea the charge of possession of a controlled substance was withdrawn.
According to the affidavit, Marple Detective Mike Sharkey said Pope attempted to purchase 15 books of stamps with a check for $138. Postal employees recognized Pope as a person who passes bad checks and refused the transaction. Police were called and Pope was located outside. During a pat down search of Pope, police located a bag of marijuana.
Pope was released and credited with time served.

Fresh Grocer To Become Shop Rite

The Fresh Grocer in the Drexeline Shopping Center, Drexel Hill, Pa. is going to become a Shop Rite, if you haven’t heard.

The good news is that Shop Rite is great. The bad news is that you could sure save a lot of money on those Fresh Grocer coupons mailed to card holders.

Fresh Grocer To Become Shop Rite

Robinson High School Military Desk Lesson

Robinson High School Military Desk Lesson  Off the Internet–Courtesy of Cathy Domizio

Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a Military History teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock , Arkansas , did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks in her classroom.   When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.

‘Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?’

She replied, ‘You can’t have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.’

They thought, ‘Well, maybe it’s our grades.’

‘No,’ she said.

‘Maybe it’s our behavior.’

She told them, ‘No, it’s not even your behavior.’

And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.

Kids called their parents to tell them what was happening and by early afternoon television news crews had started gathering at the school to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, ‘Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he or she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.’

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.

Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniform, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.

Martha said, ‘You didn’t earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. They went halfway around the world, giving up their education and interrupting their careers and families so you could have the freedom you have.

Now, it’s up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. don’t ever forget it.’

By the way, this is a true story. And this teacher was awarded Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year for the state of Arkansas in 2006. She is the daughter of a WWII POW.

Robinson High School Military Desk Lesson Robinson High School Military Desk Lesson

Robinson High School Military Desk Lesson

Brandywine Open Space Music Fest

Brandywine Open Space Music Fest — Ten bands and craft beer are slated for Open Space Music Festival which runs noon through the evening, tomorrow, Aug. 10 at the Newlin Grist Mill, Cheyney Road and Baltimore Pike in Concord Township, Glen Mills, 19342.

There will be great food, pony rides for kids and face painting.

Tickets are $20 now and $25 at the gate.There will be great
music from 10 different bands, craft beer, and good food. Kids under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.

Proceeds will be used to help fund the attempt to save 324 acres of open space on the Beaver Valley Conservancy along Beaver Valley Road and Route 202 in Concord.

Brandywine Open Space Music Fest


State Trying To Figure Out How To Spend Even More

Act 3 of 2013 — The Special Education Funding Commission recently held a hearing in Bucks County to discuss the costs of educating students with special needs in Pennsylvania, said State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).

The commission, formed as a result of Act 3 of 2013, is made up of appointed House and Senate members, the secretaries of Education and Budget, and the deputy secretary for elementary and special education. It has been tasked with developing a new formula for distributing state funding for special education to Pennsylvania school districts.

Currently, funding is distributed based on an estimate that special education students make up 16 percent of the overall student population in each school district. This formula does not take into account a growing number of schools with greater special education funding needs, nor does it account for those schools with fewer needs.

The commission has until fall to recommend a new funding formula to more effectively pay for special education throughout the state.

Act 3 of 2013

Act 3 of 2013

Cryptowit Puzzle 8-9-13

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Answer to yesterday’s puzzle: I am, as I am; whether hideous, or handsome, depends upon who is made judge.
Herman Melville

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Online College Students Grant Eligible

Online College Students Grant Eligible — The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is launching a pilot program to extend state grant benefits to the growing number of students pursuing college degrees online, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).

The pilot program is a step toward modernizing the Pennsylvania State Grant program to better serve the needs of students, as the grant program is currently only available to students who earn 50 percent or less of their college credits online, Cox said. Under the pilot program, students earning up to 100 percent of their credits online may qualify for grant assistance if they are attending a participating Pennsylvania school and otherwise meet grant program qualifications.

Applications from qualified higher education institutions are due by mid-September; PHEAA will then review the grant applications of students who were turned down for state grants because they exceeded the 50 percent threshold for online education. Students who qualify for grant funding under the pilot program will be notified later this fall, likely in November. Students need not take any other action at this time.

The five-year pilot program is being funded through PHEAA earnings and will not impact the traditional state grant program.

Online College Students Grant Eligible -- The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is launching a pilot program to extend state grant

Online College Students Grant Eligible

Cryptowit Puzzle 8-8-13

Cryptowit Puzzle by William W. Lawrence Sr.

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Answer to yesterday’s puzzle:Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.
William F. Buckley

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911 Changes Pondered

911 Changes Pondered — The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee held a public hearing in Delaware County, recently to gather input on necessary changes to the 911 Emergency Telephone Act in an effort to enhance public safety in the Commonwealth, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129). Among the issues examined was the reauthorization of wireless surcharges and needed updates to keep pace with advancing communications technology.

Testifiers included county officials, representatives of county 911 centers and stakeholders from the communications industry.

911 Changes Pondered

Engery Independence Beats Terrorism

By Chris Freind

Let’s play Connect The Dots. How are the following related?

1. The U.S. military launches an emergency air evacuation of diplomatic personnel in Yemen, while two dozen other embassies and consulates throughout the Arab world remain closed because of major terror threats.

2. Protesters at a Chevron oil refinery chant, “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Fossil fuels have got to go!” as they continue to demand the death of drilling and the proposed KeystoneXL Pipeline.

3. The Associated Press reports that nearly four of five Americans are at risk of poverty, joblessness and reliance on welfare, mainly due to manufacturing jobs going overseas.

Since these problems are certainly not new, their connections should be fairly obvious. But try telling that to the U.S. Congress, the Obama administration, and yes, both Bush administrations. Because none of them had, or have, a clue as to how they are related, let alone how to respond. And the clock is ticking.

It’s not a stretch to say America is hated throughout much of the Middle East. Not by everyone, of course, but by a large number of extremists hell-bent on blowing us up, and the even larger silent majority that sheds no tears when their compatriots are successful. Since many of these folks have the tacit permission of their governments (and funding via our petro dollars) to engage in jihad, they are most definitely a threat. So why don’t we just leave, instead of subjecting our citizens to the constant threat of annihilation, as is the case in Yemen right now?

Simple. America is totally dependent on the Middle East oil barons for its black gold. Translation: Because of our choices, we’re now stuck in the most dangerous place on Earth for the foreseeable future.

But why? Why are we so dependent on foreign oil when, far and away, America has reserves larger than those of the entire Middle East combined?

— Ask the Chevron protesters, to whom oil is a dirty word and “alternative energies” are the only way to go — which would be great if all 300 million Americans biked everywhere and lived in thatched huts with no power.

— Ask George H.W. Bush, who signed the moratorium on offshore drilling. And ask W., who, despite massive Republican majorities in both houses of Congress and an approval rating in the ’90s after the 9/11 attacks, refused to open the ANWR in Alaska to drilling. And who, along with oilman Dick Cheney, took seven years to call for dad’s oil drilling ban to be lifted — which the by-then Democratic Congress denied.

— Ask President Obama, who still has not green-lighted KeystoneXL and who, beholden to the selfish and often extreme environmental lobby, has seen drilling for oil and natural gas on federal lands/waters decrease.

— And ask Mitt Romney, who advocated “energy independence,” but couldn’t articulate — at all — what that would mean to the average American, much less the overall economy. And, while you’re at it, ask the Republican House, which continues to do nothing but offer empty rhetoric on the issue.

Our refusal to maximize drilling for oil and natural gas, combined with Middle Eastern volatility, has driven energy prices through the roof. Whereas gasoline, diesel and jet fuel should retail for under $2 a gallon — and yes, that is a “pipe” dream, as more domestic drilling and pipelines would make that dream come true — we are instead bent over the barrel, faced with the impossible task of trying to make an economy boom while energy prices are double what they should be.

And guess what happens when energy costs soar? Manufacturing jobs disappear. It’s that simple — hence the AP report’s dire picture of America.

However, anyone who says we can’t compete with cheaper overseas labor is dead wrong. True, we will never have the lowest employment cost, but if we make use of the world’s cheapest energy right at our disposal, we’ll have something better.

Low-cost energy not only eliminates the significant expense of importing goods from around the world, but dramatically lessens domestic distribution costs — the rising economic tide that lifts all boats.

The most expensive aspect of manufacturing is energy cost. When that number is low, more plants open, existing ones thrive, Americans get hired at substantial wages, and ancillary businesses boom, employing millions. If energy is expensive — and oil over $100/barrel ain’t cheap — it all tanks. Costs to make and move goods skyrocket, inflation spikes and productivity takes a hit. Coupled with America having one of the highest corporate income tax rates on the planet, companies either raise prices, go under or leave.

A CEO who packs up and ships out overseas isn’t unpatriotic, but is often doing the only thing possible to save the company. For the most part, business leaders don’t move offshore because they want to, but because they have to, compliments of a government that refuses to make the right choices and citizens who don’t demand otherwise.

Yet, there is a blueprint for success, as Proctor & Gamble’s large manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania illustrates. After realizing there was a treasure trove of clean Marcellus Shale natural gas sitting under its feet, P&G drilled several wells and is now energy self-sufficient for the reported 800 billion kilowatt-hours it requires, enough to power 40,000 homes.

Companies that can reduce or eliminate millions in energy bills can quickly jump-start the economy by expanding manufacturing operations and hiring more Americans, which moves folks away from the poverty line and off the welfare and unemployment rolls. Tragically, the P&G example is the exception rather than the rule, even though America’s resources could make the dream of cheap energy a reality for millions of businesses.

The situation in Yemen, along with the sobering AP report, should be a wake-up call to all Americans. The need to drill responsibly, but drill nonetheless, must be the No. 1 issue from this point forward. More than anything, energy independence would make the economy boom while protecting our security at home and abroad.

Alternative energies are certainly welcome in that equation, provided two things:  They are cost-effective, and  they can meet our needs. But since most of the anti-oil crowd is also fervently anti-nuclear (which accounts for 20 percent of U.S. energy), they need to do a whole lot better than the tired old “solar and wind” line while trashing fossil fuels.

Leaving Yemen isn’t a bad thing; it’s a good start. So bring our boys home, fire up the drills and let’s get America making things again.

Otherwise, we all better learn to speak Arabic.