Charged Driver: I Was Drinking at Iverson’s Birthday Party

This is an all-timer excuse. A 24-year-old Philadelphian was pulled over after police saw him swerving in Lower Merion, according to Mainline Media News.

According to police, the man was seen speeding as he was driving without the use of headlights as he traveled south on City Avenue. The police officer followed behind the car and reported that the driver was crossing over the traffic lines.

Following the traffic stop, the driver showed the officer a paper learner’s permit. The man then told the officer that he was drinking at Allen Iverson’s birthday party.

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Paramour’s Dirty Martini: The Muddy Pothole

Muddy-Pothole-MartiniHave you lost a tire in a pothole this winter? Then pour some out to your dead Firestone at Paramour. The Main Line bar is offering the Muddy Pothole cocktail to pay tribute to all of those dead homies popped tires. The martini might bare a little too much resemblance to the slush splashing out of a pothole but we’re somehow attracted to this very dirty martini. The Muddy Pothole is Absolut Vodka, Muddled Kalamata Olives, Dry Vermouth and Olive Juice then garnished with black olives (tires). And it’s half-price during Paramour’s Liquid Therapy happy hour, that’s just $5.50.

Meet the Muddy Pothole Martini [Parmour]

Sabrina’s Opens on the Main Line

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Sabrina’s has opened another outpost of its popular cafe in Wynnewood. The Main Line location is located in the former home of Sam’s Grill in the Wynnewood Shopping Center. It is the fourth location for Sabrina’s, which has locations in South Philadelphia, Fairmount and on Drexel’s campus.

The menu is the same as the other locations.

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Morning Headlines: Church to Condo Conversion in Narberth

Side view screenshot via Google Street View.

Side view screenshot via Google Street View.

The proposed adaptive reuse of St. Margaret’s Church, also known as the Gleason Center, made headway this past Wednesday after the Narberth Planning Commission voted to recommend approval for the project.

Developer Ted Moser plans to convert the church to a condo with four two-bedroom units and underground garage with eight parking spaces, while making minimal changes to the building’s exterior. However, certain conditions must be met before the conversion can go through, according to the Main Line Times:

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Wayne’s Honeystone: From Ballet Room to Basil Garden

Exterior view of Honeystone.

Exterior view of Honeystone.

It’s homes like this one that beg the question: Would the owners ever have to leave the house? Ever want to leave the house?

To begin, the formal dining room can hold 36 guests. The nearby music room is equally spacious, maybe for an after-dinner concert? That room also offers private seating areas should tête-à-têtes ensue. From here there’s access to a cherry-paneled library that has a view of the swimming pool.

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Pennsylvania’s Most Endangered Properties

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Photo courtesy of Christian Busch.

Each year, Preservation PA puts out “Pennsylvania At Risk,” a statewide report identifying a handful of properties threatened by “demolition, significant deterioration, vandalism, inappropriate alteration, and/or loss of historic setting demolition.” The recently released 2013 list includes the Blue Horizon (not a big surprise) and a midcentury building in Montco.

Once a Public Federal Savings Bank, the latter’s modern architecture might have deemed it innovative in its heyday. But its attractive, clean-cut style has since become ubiquitous and is more often than not missed by passersby, or discounted from being a historic building.

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Main Line Monday: Onetime “Undercover Boss” Puts Gladwyne Manse on the Market

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Former Synagro CEO Bill Massa had his 15 minutes of fame in 2011 when he was featured on the CBS show Undercover Boss. The premise of the show is that high-level executives take jobs as low-level employees within their own companies in order to get an unvarnished view of the issues their out-of-the-exectutive-suite employees have to deal with.

Massa probably had the most un-whitewashed experience among all the executives who have appeared on Undercover Boss — Synagra is in the waste management business. During the 43-minute program, which AOL Jobs described as “the oohiest, gooiest, grossest, most disgusting Undercover Boss ever,” Massa sampled sludge in a waste-water treatment plant, worked with a bulldozer operator who was cleaning out waste materials from a lagoon, converted waste to pellets, and hosed down a sludge tank.

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