Main Line Commissioner Arrested on Child Porn Charges

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A Main Line township commissioner has been arrested on child pornography charges.

Prosecutors say Radnor Township Board of Commissioners president Philip Ahr surrounded to authorities at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. He’s been charged with distributing images depicting infants engaged in sexual acts with adults. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Radnor

320 Harbison Rd., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Are you looking to avoid breaking the bank but only want to look at listings with a Main Line mailing address? We found three options at around $500K in Radnor Township’s Wayne section that might be the best thing for your budget and for your brood. After all, great schools, safe streets, charming neighborhoods and tell-tale Main Line history make for compelling pros when house hunting. But when you throw in a median home value of $690,800, you may get skeptical about settling down in Radnor. Luckily, we’ve made the search simple and placed some reasonable, historic and superbly suburban homes below. They’re all uniquely distinct without losing the charm and historic flair native to the Main Line. Read more »

Controversy Over Crosses on Proposed Villanova Bridge

Bridge with crosses at each end

A design of the Lancaster Avenue pedestrian bridge submitted to the Radnor Township Design Review Board.

Radnor Township last night approved a controversial pedestrian bridge planned for Villanova’s campus.

At first, it seems like there’s no reason for the bridge to be controversial. It’s part of a $285 million expansion project for the University, and will be built over Lancaster Avenue. It’s scheduled to finish in 2018.

But it’s what’s on the bridge that caused an uproar. Designs for the bridge submitted to the Radnor Township Design Review Board show two four-foot, seven-inch crosses on each side of the bridge.

The crosses would be on Villanova property, and so despite the project’s detractors Radnor officials said the township would have to approve the project. But some people are not happy. “I think they are overstepping their sense of ecumenism to shove these crosses in our faces,” Sara Piling told the Inquirer. “This bridge really disturbs me,” Susan Smith told the Delaware County Times. “The size of it and the safety of it concern me first. The crosses disturb me second. I don’t think if we had Beth Hillel University down the street in the next block that we would like to see the Star of David on that.”

There’s more! The Times also quoted Rick Leonardi, who called the crosses unconstitutional: “There is a reason drivers on I-476 are not subjected to Bible verses painted on the sound walls lining the roadway or that there is no crescent moon next to the griffin on the Blue Route, that the overpasses are not emblazoned with Stars of David.”

But it was the Inquirer who got the best quote, from League of Women Voters of Radnor Township president Roberta Winters: “While we recognize the importance of Villanova to our community and the notoriety it brings to Radnor, are there less ostentatious ways to reflect a Catholic institution?” (Um, not really. Have you seen Catholic churches?!)

Despite their complaints, the bridge has been approved and Lancaster Avenue will one day have two five-foot crosses towering over it.

Main Line Monday: Rustic Allure in Wayne for $1.099M

511 Montgomery Ln., Radnor, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

511 Montgomery Ln., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Some people want a house that has a lot of character. Some people want a house that has modern charm. Some people want a combination of both.

If you fall into the lattermost category, this cozy home in Radnor Township is probably your dream come true. With renovations completed in 2016, the property now boasts an extended living space, a new roof, new exterior doors, new interior trim and doors, new bathrooms, a new kitchen, new garage doors, new wood flooring, and then some. Even the curb appeal is nice. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Classically Modern Opulence in Wayne, $3.15M

330 Edgehill Rd., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

330 Edgehill Rd., Wayne, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This 1910 center-hall Colonial in Wayne has all the basic elements of this staple Main Line house type: a central entrance foyer with grand staircase flanked by a formal living room on one side and a formal dining room on the other. Fireplaces galore. Great rooms with coffered ceilings. You get the idea.

But look closer and you’ll notice that this vision in white is also a departure from the standard in just about every way possible: Where many center-hall Colonials are dark, staid and somber, this one is bright, airy and colorful, with plenty of sun-drenched rooms. A succession of master builders and designers have left their mark on this home, bringing it into the 21st century with tastefully opulent upgrades and additions that mix traditional and modern elements. Read more »

A True Survivor: A Historic Palladian Home in Radnor for $1.999M

200 Pine Tree Rd., Radnor, Pa. 19087 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg

200 Pine Tree Rd., Radnor, Pa. 19087 | Photos: Herb Engelsberg

If you hear faint echoes of the late, lamented “La Ronda” emanating from the house above, we wouldn’t be a bit surprised. “Rock Rose” has a similar but slightly older pedigree, and both wear their Mediterranean influences well. But this home is still with us thanks to owners who have lovingly maintained it over the years, and as a result, it’s now ready for the next chapter in its history.

That chapter could be written by you, if you have the relatively modest scratch needed to buy it.

“Relatively modest” because the asking price gets you a 14,000-square-foot original of the kind no one builds any more. Designed by Zantziger, Borie & Medary, who did much of the preliminary work on the Philadelphia Museum of Art in partnership with Horace Trumbauer, Rock Rose was built in 1912 as the summer home for Edward K. Rowland and his family. Four years later, Rowland leased the home to George and Lucile Brooke, the latter a survivor of the Titanic disaster. Read more »

Radnor Black Bear Captured Using Donuts, Maple Syrup, and Honey

Radnor Black Bear

The Radnor Black Bear’s Twitter selfie. Photo by Alan Vernon via Wikimedia Commons.

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.” — Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne

He caused multiple school lockdowns, charged a police officer, and inspired a parody Twitter account, and now the Radnor black bear has reportedly been lured and captured by officials using donuts, maple syrup, and honey. Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: Clean, Crisp and Refreshing in Radnor

100 Rock Rose Ln, Radnor, Pa. 19087 TREND images via RE/MAX Realty

100 Rock Rose Lane, Radnor, Pa. 19087 | TREND images via RE/MAX Main Line

This being Philadelphia, a lot of us love our homes to at least convey a sense of history. That’s even truer on the Main Line, and especially so in tony Radnor. But those of you with a penchant for crisp, clean lines should find this High Modernist home out that way highly appealing.

The home’s white stucco exterior, with its black window bands and stone wall, may make you feel like you ran across a sunnier version of a Louis Kahn home. Inside, features like sleek white interiors, lots of windows letting in natural light and open floor plans make this home even sunnier. A striking spiral staircase is the focal point of the foyer. Read more »

Thrillist Names Wayne The Epitome of Cool in Philly’s ‘Burbs

The editors of Thrillist managed to get their White Dogs confused when they ran their ranking of Wayne with a photo of the West Philly original. Here's a picture of the White Dog Cafe in Wayne.

The editors of Thrillist managed to get their White Dogs confused when they ran their ranking of Wayne with a photo of the West Philly original. Here’s a picture of the White Dog Cafe in Wayne.

The Philadelphia region happens to be unusually well endowed with cool suburbs that boast walkable Main Streets, interesting shops and great places to eat—great Millennial bait, in short. We could rattle off a litany of them—and will now: Ardmore. Bryn Mawr. Collingswood. Conshohocken. Doylestown. Glenside. Jenkintown. Haddonfield (though it skews older). Media. Merchantville. Others, such as Burlington, Lansdowne and Upper Darby, are loaded with potential, some of it even being realized.

But what’s the coolest of them all? According to the folks at Thrillist, the bible for Millennials seeking advice on what’s hot, what’s fun and how to drop what money they have on stuff, that distinction belongs to Wayne. Read more »

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