Chester, Montgomery Counties Are Hotbeds for Texting and Driving


The above chart comes from The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a “legislative agency” of the Pennsylvania General Assembly that produces publications and reports for lawmakers. It recently published this map of texting-while-driving citations in 2013, showing that the 8th and 10th counties with the most texting-while-driving citations in Pennsylvania are Chester and Montgomery, respectively.

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Pennsylvania Union Members Free to Stalk, Harass — For Now


There’s a fascinating story in today’s Inquirer by Jeremy Roebuck, detailing the Pennsylvania law that exempts union members in labor disputes from prosecution for stalking, harassment and terroristic threats. Hot dog! And here I thought fair pay and better working conditions were the only benefits of joining a union.

The exemption dates back to the New Deal 1930s, and Republican State Rep. Ron Miller says Pennsylvania “might be the only state to still have an exception like this.” At a hearing last year, AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer Frank Snyder defended the law — but worried the exemption could be used to shield employers. (No word on what William Green would think it.)

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Pennsylvania Amish Man Now on Probation for Speeding

400-amish An Amish man received two years probation yesterday for leading police on a car chase at speeds of 120 miles per hour.

Sylvan M. Stoltzfus pleaded guilty yesterday to charges he drove away from police in Dauphin County after they attempted to pull him over for having an obscured license plate. (Hmm. I would have thought it was, “For being a person in Amish garb driving a car,” though that’s not illegal.) The chase began on Route 209 near Elizabethville and went for about eight miles before Stoltzfus crashed into a parked car near the Millersburg post office.

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Who Doesn’t Like Allyson Schwartz?

Allyson Schwartz Next Governor of PA?

Photography by Ryan Collerd

In the end—my last moment with Allyson Schwartz, sitting in her office in Washington—she is about to cry. “You’re getting a little emotional, Congresswoman,” I tell her. “Yes,” she says. “So I’m done.” // I laugh—her abruptness is funny, as she intends. But she also means it, that we’re done. I thank her for all the time she’s given me, we say goodbye, and our last interview is over.

Schwartz and I have spent the past half-hour rolling through some things other people have said about her. Normally, talking to Allyson Schwartz produces a torrent of energy and initiatives and ideas. By the time of that last interview, I’d spent hours with her—at a diner in the Northeast; in Pittsburgh, where she logged a day campaigning; and then in the U.S. Capitol. Her vigor and drive, especially, are daunting. There is nothing in the world around her—or, more precisely, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where she is running for governor—that Schwartz doesn’t want to fix.

Judging by Tom Corbett’s popularity, which is in the toilet, many Pennsylvanians will probably like that about Schwartz. Indeed, the governorship is there for the taking, and after a decade in Congress and 14 years before that in the state Senate, Schwartz has decided to take a shot at becoming the first woman to lead our state.
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Onion Report: “Some People Live in Pennsylvania”

The Onion reports: According to the results of a comprehensive, year-long study published Tuesday, researchers have confirmed that there are some people who live in Pennsylvania. ‘A careful examination of the evidence we collected has led us to conclude that certain people—some male, some female—make their home in the state of Pennsylvania,’ said the report’s lead author, Ryan Armstrong, noting that such individuals may be adults or children, and may reside in northern Pennsylvania, southern Pennsylvania, eastern Pennsylvania, or western Pennsylvania. ‘When directly asked where they live, many people we spoke with told us Pennsylvania. However, there were others who, when asked the same question, named completely different places, such as Ohio, New Hampshire, or Buffalo. This would seem to indicate that while some people do indeed live in Pennsylvania, not everyone lives in Pennsylvania.’”

Weekend Open Houses

Looking for a townhouse in Society Hill to call home? Or maybe a house on the bay in Brigantine is more your cup of tea. Check out those properties and more at these weekend open houses.

926 Merion Square Road, Gladwyne
A three-story French Colonial with large windows and high ceilings.
Open House: 4/21, 2-4 p.m.
Price: $1,399,000
Bed: 5
Bath: 6.1
5,502 sq. ft.

1411 Parsons Lane, Lower Gwynedd
13 year-old custom colonial located on a cul de sac.
Open House: 4/21 1-3 p.m.
Price: $1,169,000
Bed: 6
Bath: 4.2
7,365 sq. ft.

4 Golf Course Drive, Brigantine
Bayfront home with panoramic views, golf course access and top-of-the-line amenities.
Open House: 4/21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Price: $950,000
Bed: 5
Bath: 4.1

oh4 cop4 Treble Lane, Malvern
Four-acre home with in-ground pool.
Open House: 4/21 2-4 p.m.
Price: $999,990
Bed: 5
Bath: 4.1
4,560 sq. ft.

333 Lawrence Ct, Philadelphia
Nestled in Society Hill with 7 fireplaces and original hardwood floors.
Open House: 4/21 1-3 p.m.
Price: $950,000
Bed: 3
Bath: 2.1
2,624, Sq. ft.

Make a Counter Offer: How to choose the right countertop material

Anyone who watches HGTV knows that the list of demands for any House Hunter will most definitely include granite countertops. Granite counters give a home’s value a bit of a boost in the eyes of most buyers—they stand up to heat and cutting well, and don’t typically chip or crack. But granite isn’t the only option when looking for a high-end impact in your kitchen. Learn how to choose the right countertop material for your needs. Other options to consider include:

Limestone: This granite alternative is a nice option if you aren’t a fan of veining. But while it’s heat-resistant, limestone is also soft, meaning it’s easy to scratch and nick.

Marble comes with a bit of cache, and while a pretty patterned stone that’s heat-resistant, it comes with a few cons. For starters, it’s not very durable, scratching and staining pretty easily.
Soapstone: Although a softer stone, soapstone can be a bit resilient. If you’re looking for a lighter counter color, this option isn’t for you—it’s always a dark, almost black shade.

A beautiful kitchen at 5811 Ridgeview Drive in Buckingham.

A beautiful kitchen at 5811 Ridgeview Drive in Buckingham.

Butcher Block: This material is great for food prep, but it shows burns, spills and scratches pretty easily, so it might not be ideal for folks who dislike worn looks in their home.

Stainless Steel: Shiny stainless steel will have you feeling like a Top Chef and is stainproof, spill proof and easy to clean. However, if the fingerprints on your stainless steel appliances drive you crazy, you may want to reconsider this option.

Get some inspiration from the kitchens at 319 Winfield Road, Lot #4, Devon 19333 and 5811 Ridgeview Dr. Buckingham, 18902.


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