Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Where’s The “Trust” in Radnor? Or should I say sometimes you have to watch a meeting 2 or 3 times, not just for the theatrics of it all but so you get what is going on in the who moved the cheese now municipality?
Radnor Enhancement Community Trust? Is that the name? Does it involve plastic surgery since I see the word "enhancement" ? WTF Radnor? Ok so let me understand this: this is a separate entity that was put together years ago to improve street scape along Lancaster Avenue or something? The trust gets donations from the public and businesses AND township?
Is it true parking revenues from that AT&T lot and who knows where else that come into the township get diverted to this outside thing with NO township control? As in they can just wave the checkbook and Radnor has no say so in what the checkbook does? What has the checkbook done?
The Treasurer of the Trust was DAVE BASHORE for a good while? As in Gimme More Money Dave Bashore? And John Fisher is saying the numbers don’t add up and Dave Bashore did record keeping until 2007? Is this more Radnor fuzzy math????
Parking fees of businesses get paid to the trust? WTF?!!!!! Radnor Township collects the checks and gives them over to this random trust?
And as for this being a step up from turning all the money over to the Wayne Business Association, well why should they have it? Doesn't this big fat dysfunctional township need all the rubles it can get??? ¡Ay, caramba! At the rate Radnor has been raising taxes over the past few years, it was also giving out free lunch via a take out window or something?
And there is a discrepancy of funds? Is that tea party speak for could be fraud? What a G.D. boondoggle. And Radnor used to give this serious loose change each year in addition to turning over the parking fee checks?
And what was up with the woman from the Wayne Business Association who said the money should stay in Wayne? Oh hello, love Wayne, but RADNOR is in it’s name. And besides, they have more than enough money for their little events.
Radnor Township has the lease and the responsibility and this all seems odd....because if Radnor Township has the lease, well then the money should go to Radnor Township not a trust and not into the business association. Wowee, was this in that audit?
Golly. Start peeking at around 38:40 of this lil' ol' video:
Just when I think Radnor is as low as it can be in limbo dance of municipalities....I sure hope Radnor brings in Father Time Stuntebeck to do a soft shoe on this...I would say frank conversation, but I predict a lot of double talking...and do I understand that this trust assisted with the Stonehenge like "gateway" rocks dropped from spaceships that are supposed to be so divine? Who are the trustees? Are any of them financial folks whose firms might have trust assets to tend? Do the trustees take a trustee fee?
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Oh what a difference a day makes! Let's start with the Tuesday Follies! You know based on Monday's televised talent show?
- In Radnor the least expensive trashmen were laid off (they were about $53,000). Now the slaries start at around $55,000. What a deal! Who knew? So now maybe they can actually work a full day and not spend quite so much time buying scratch off lottery tickets and kicking back at A-Plus and Wawas galore?
- Elaine Git Your Sharpie Out. Annie Get Your Gun takes on new meaning as the names are redacted off the salaries. I want to know what all those people who run their side businesses on township/taxpayer time, you hear now?
- John Fisher Keeps on Keepin' On. Thank God.
- Gavel happy. President Pumpkin Head got hisself a gavel. Take it away. It's ain't his court room, it's the people's board room. Commissioner Interupptus.
- The Big Cheese at Main Line Media News is singing the snarkhouse blues over at the SAC site. Yoo hoo dear Mr. Murray? I am over here. I am just another opinion, why would you care given the now earth shattering number of comments over on your paper's site? We don't all look alike sweet pea. I love your paper, I think the comments should be like most blogs: they either require prior approval if anonymous or people have to register to post comments. That's all.
- Ordinance Writing For Dummies. Don't like your deal on a land application in Radnor? Then come on down and write yourself a custom ordinance. It opens a whole new clamshell of issues down the road, but hey now, Radnor will go along to get along. It's only money.
- If "Selective Enforcement" is supposed to be illegal, why does Radnor PD have a report titled that?
Monday, January 25, 2010
Wow. So not shocked that after years of being more fiscally irresponsible than Washington DC or Harrisburg PA, the Philadelphia Orchestra might declare bankruptcy?
HA! All of us lovers of the Philadelphia sound of classical music will despair if this happens, but given the fact the Philadelphia Orchestra seems to be missing a comprehensive annual report that we can all see on an annual basis, come on now? Doesn't that say that perhaps the Philadelphia Orchestra has spent at least the last decade or two operating like a giant ponzi scheme?
The Orchestra has been run by fools for years. A lot of their high level board posts contain people who really don't want to do anything, they just want a feather in their cap.
I think the Philadelphia Orchestra needs to be put to it and they need to clean house and appoint people to take care of it that actually care about classical music, know classical music, and love the history of the Orchestra.
One last word? They never should have abandoned the Academy of Music for the Kimmel Center. That Kimmel Center has been a losing proposition from jump.
All those plastic enhanced babes who smile at us from the society pages need to get busy. Time to get your hubbies to open their checkbooks unless you all want to be known as the volunteers who let the Philadelphia Orchestra go bankrupt? Why not do a telethon or something? Get people invigorated. Get yourselves invigorated. Whatever, the Kimmel and Academy will make nice big box stores, right?
Sun, Jan. 24, 2010
'Bankruptcy' is heard as orchestra struggles
By Peter Dobrin
Inquirer Music Critic
The Philadelphia Orchestra likes to call itself the orchestra of firsts - the first to appear on a national television broadcast, the first in America to record all of the Beethoven symphonies on CD, the first to tour China.
Now, with attendance plummeting and finances severely strained, leaders are confronting the possibility of a considerably less sweet distinction:
The first "Big Five" American orchestra to declare bankruptcy.
How likely is that?
"I wish I could tell you," orchestra chairman Richard B. Worley said. "I don't know the answer. I can tell you our effort is to avoid bankruptcy and to achieve a recovery for the orchestra. For that to work out, we need to see some progress in reducing the deficit and raising money for the recovery fund."
The goal of the recovery fund, also called an emergency bridge fund, is $15 million.
No decision on bankruptcy has been made. "It isn't preferable," said Allison Vulgamore, who started work Monday as the orchestra's president and chief executive officer.
"Bankruptcy as a term is a way of reorganizing. That's why companies do it," she said. "It's a signal about a depth of financial challenges. I know that Rich Worley has used the word bankruptcy. I'm here to put a strategic process in place that gives us flexible options to address our sustainability."
"It is a very serious financial situation. It is extraordinary," said Vulgamore, 51, who said she "did a lot of soul-searching" before opting for Philadelphia after leading the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for 16 years.
As to-do lists go, the one for the city's newest cultural leader is formidable, even at an organization used to financial peril and labor strife.
January 25th, 2010
Philadelphia Orchestra Going Bankrupt?
Well here’s some depressing news on a rainy, gray, already depressing Monday morning: Whispers of the financially struggling Philadelphia Orchestra possibly declaring bankruptcy are growing louder, according to this AP piece:
The Philadelphia Orchestra touts a long history of firsts in the classical world, but with plunging attendance and strained finances, officials are confronting the unwelcome possibility of becoming the first of America’s “Big Five” orchestras to declare bankruptcy
Hate to say it but The Philadelphia Orchestra has not been a contender in the "Big Five" for many, many years...especially since the Maestro from the Starship Enterprise beamed in...err I mean Mr Nehru Collar himself, Christopher Ecshenbach. Let's face it, in addition to the Kimmel mistake, Eschenbach was another colossal misstep.
Is Main Line Media News a newspaper or online whipping post?
If you are a local blogger, or lurk on the Main Line Media News website there is no missing the out of control comments about a local activist and blogger. Two local bloggers and activists, actually.
I will preface my comments with I don't even know these people I am going to defend, but it is the principle of the thing. One was voted best blogger 2009 by one Main Line monthly magazine, and I got the award from the other. The other blogger is newer to the fray. So on some level we are kindred spirits.
These folks blog over on the SAC site.
So apparently, these bloggers must be making some in local government a little uncomfortable? What else can account for 66 comments under an editorial written by one of the bloggers?
Do I agree with the editorial 100% that in essence Shish kebabs newly minted Radnor BOC Prez, John Nagle? Nope. I think the author needs to give the guy a chance. On the other hand, have I poked fun at Nagle here and there? Yes I have...and reserve the right to do so in the future.
But the fact that at least 80% (not a mathematician, so it's just a guestimate) of the comments are all about attacking local bloggers who are visible community activists whether you know them personally or not is kind of disgusting. The comments are everything they accuse their targets of doing, only I don't see their targets of adoration doing this, just these assholes who are blathering on--blathering on on a website that has opened up their comment forum to a "no register/no pre-approval policy" which for a media website, is kind of odd.
And what I find even more disturbing is the fact that Main Line Media News is allowing this human bashing to this extent as they are in truth a paper, and supposedly real journalists have standards?
I don't write editorials, I don't speak at meetings. I am a virtual voice truly for my pleasure only, so I respect these people who put it out there in person and live time. It takes chutzpah.
I have also checked around, and the general consensus is the comments against at least one of the bloggers is politically driven - punishment for speaking out.
The very last comment on this thread is by another SAC blogger and bears repeating:
Politeia wrote on Jan 24, 2010 1:41 PM:
" After reading all these posts, my suggestion would be to read the SAC blogs and come to your own conclusion.
Just Google Save Ardmore and you go right to the main blog page. On the left you can click on All Blogs to see recent blogs that don't appear as front page blogs.
You can click on the screen name of any blogger and then click on Track to read all their posts. I certainly welcome the reading of all my posts.
Nobody is perfect. I know I certainly am not. However, I have a lot of respect for Carla and Dan for putting themselves out there.
As has been posted on this thread, the fact that there have been personal attacks on those who valiantly choose to stand up to and to expose government for what it is in this area, I see as a very good thing. I sense a lot of fear on this thread by government types and their sycophants.
To the open minded reader, you may not agree with my views, or those of Carla or Dan, and you may not like any one or all of our styles as bloggers, but you can't deny that the fact that we are bringing about conversation about what our local governments are doing. I certainly don't always agree with Carla or Dan. No doubt they don't always agree with me or each other. We are three individuals with a common theme of seeking accountability in government along with more openness and transparency. Where you see any of us being nasty towards government on the SAC blogs, it is generally in response to how we have been treated by government for standing up for what is just and right, and personal blogging styles can even develop out of that.
That is why I always say I look beyond the style of any blogger and rather look to the message. Sometimes I agree with my fellow bloggers on SAC, sometimes I donâ€™t. What you will find on the SAC blogs are issues being discussed about local government that you won't see anywhere else, and certainly not by Main Line News Media - and I say that with all due respect. However, when you touch on the issues government wants to cover up, government will try to use some pretty vicious tactics, as we see on this thread.
As I have posted on the SAC blogs, once you stand up to these government bozos, you see them for the cowards they are. What they are trying to do on this thread is to prevent even more people from standing up to government, and while the reader can decide, my take is that it has blown up in the faces of those who have tried it. "
Main Line Media News and Journal Register should be ashamed of themselves - and they may get a few more website hits, but this ain't gonna sell more papers. It's bad enough the newspapers around here don't even report or accurately report a lot of what is going on, but now they are going to shit where they eat as well? After all, we all know that newspapers often find inspiration for articles in what bloggers are talking about.
As for Lower Merion Township, well, what did we expect out of the nouveau Main Line? They are probably bitching while texting while driving. Don't break a nail while you multi-bitch.
Picking on bloggers in 2010? My goodness, so out of step. Picking on politicians because sometimes they are assholes and deserve it? Utterly au courant. Keep up the good work fellow bloggers! (I think bloggers need to unionize perhaps?)
As for Lower Merion and their messed up way of thinking, to the politician who seems to be discussed in context of these questions, Bruce Reed from Lower Merion? Here is a word of advice -- Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged. And my reading on some of those comments posted defending and attacking the bloggers does this guy have a lot of skeletons in his closet? Seems that way, doesn't it? It also seems he has now officially made himself fodder? I mean what kind of a man is he? What kind of politician hides behind others rather then standing up, being accountable and proving critics wrong? Oh wait nevermind, this is not so unusual -- most politicians do this, right?
They say Radnor is messed up? I think Lower Merion might just give Radnor a run for their money in 2010.
And you know what? When blogger bashing ramps up, it generally means bloggers are onto something...so consider that y'all.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Honestly. Who knew Republicans could be THIS stupid? A Cosmo boy?
Buh-bye healthcare reform....
Scott Brown roars to Senate upset win
By Joe Dwinell & Jessica Van Sack
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - Updated 1m ago
Riding Wave of Disaffection, Brown Pushes for an Upset
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I am a day late on everything this week - I am finally reading yesterday's paper. And I see this article about a Hookah Cafe in Bryn Mawr? Where is this thing? Oh my it looks so Brothel Chic in it's own website photos, how very Main Line of the owner. here, check it out:
Posted on Wed, Jan. 13, 2010
In Bryn Mawr, café patrons are hooked on hookahs
By Kathy Boccella
Inquirer Staff Writer
Paul Hunt leans back in his chair as he blows smoke rings in the air. Next to him, Kristina Minster browses the Internet on her laptop while inhaling sweet, fruity tobacco from a tall, ornate pipe.
For Hunt and Minster, the parents of an 11-month-old, it's date night at Omar's Hookah Cafe in Bryn Mawr.
"It's so relaxing," said Minster, 24, whose mother babysits while she and Hunt spend an hour at the cafe every week or so...At first glance, a hookah cafe on the Main Line seems as out of place as a mule at the Devon Horse Show. But with seven colleges nearby and a string of burger joints, pizza shacks, and ubiquitous college bars, Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr is looking increasingly like College Avenue in Happy Valley.
Omar's, with its Ali Baba decor and cheap menu, fits right in among the student-friendly businesses that have replaced high-end stores toppled by the recession.
"We're great for this town," said Omar's owner, homebuilder Mark Farley. "We're not another pizza shop."....It was his college-age daughter who came up with the idea for a hookah bar....The state's Clean Indoor Air act, which bans smoking in most bars, doesn't mention hookah bars....Farley and his partner had doubts that the stodgy local authorities would approve something so trendy. But the project got the green light, and so far there have been no complaints, other than a blogger who ranted about the cafe's BYOW - bring your own wine - policy, given the age of the customers....On Friday and Saturday nights, the booths and tables are packed with young people sucking on the decorative pipes. Smoke is so thick you can almost taste the sweet-fruit aroma wafting in the air.
Farley and Repici say patrons must be 18 years old to smoke and 21 to drink.
"We're not a bar," Farley said. "We don't want beer and liquor. If people want to have wine with their dinner, that's fine. If they want to drink, there's a bar across the street."
The blogger's cracks about underage drinking and rowdy crowds make Farley angry. He says everyone is carded at the door and there is more talking than drinking going on.
"Where else can young people go and sit and talk? What do you see people doing here? They're communicating. They're socializing. They're talking," Farley said.
He concedes that the cafe's Facebook page was a mistake, promoting Omar's as a place to drink after the bars close....They might be killing their lungs, but in one respect, Omar's patrons can claim the high ground: They aren't vomiting on the sidewalk late at night, a familiar sight in this unruly part of town.
"There's no one partying till they drop," Farley said. "A lot of parents would prefer the fact that their kids come in and smoke hookah rather than going into a bar."
Oh so parents now get a choice between early onset smoking related cancers or the cost of defending junior from a D.U.I.? Is this guy quackers with that statement? Maybe he has an overwhelming need to blur the line between friend and parent with his kids? But come on? It's tobacco? Is he posting Surgeon General's warnings somewhere like they do with everything else tobacco related? And he talks of people eating dinner? When the Inquirer photos show some woman barely visible in a cloud of smoke? Ewww how appetizing. I see photos of virtually empty tables with the hookah thingys and lots of smoke? As for local authorities, oh come on, Lower Merion is no better than Radnor, they're all just whores for tax dollars, so they will not object.
But I find it profoundly disturbing that this article opens with a super young couple who are also young parents saying they get baby-sitters so they can come to this place and then return home to an 11 month old full of second hand smoke? And if this mommy is a late breast feeder and her baby is still breast feeding, the nicotine passes from mother's milk to the baby and into their body.
So this is basically an upscale bong hut -- because, come on get real, hookahs are just the high class elders of those bong things that littered dorms and whatnot in college and probably still do?
So this Palooka decided to go hookah? And it's not more dangerous than cigarettes? And it's sanitary in the age of H1N1 paranoia? Ha ha ha ha ha! Seriously? Ok well check out this article on the tobacco aspect:
Hookah proves as dangerous as cigarettes
Water-pipe use proves just as dangerous and addicting as intake of tobacco through cigarettes
By Heidi Redlitz
Jan. 6, 2010 at 12:33 a.m
As the single most preventable cause of death in the United States, tobacco stands as health research’s greatest adversary. And as an increasing social activity among urban youth and college students, hookah stands as tobacco’s greatest undercover ally.
“It turns out that it’s really not that different from smoking tobacco from cigarettes. You’re still burning the byproducts of combustion, inhaled into lungs,” said Dr. Keith Heinzerling, an assistant clinical professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine. “Hookah is really just delivering tobacco smoke in a different way,” he added.....While tobacco research and awareness efforts have aimed to decrease its consumption in the form of cigarettes among teenagers, the lack of research on hookah in the United States has allowed it to slip into urban and collegiate culture as a seemingly safer alternative to cigarette smoking....“It’s kind of like what happened when wine coolers were introduced, and also what is happening with alcoholic energy drinks,” Heinzerling said. “You’re covering the taste of the alcohol, so (younger people) want to taste it, but it’s got deadly substances in there.”...According to one U.S. study, a 45-minute hookah session produces 36 times more tar than does a five-minute cigarette session.
Another U.S. study found that, within that 45-minute session, the level of nicotine in the smokers’ blood increases up to 250 percent.
“The aggregate effect of hours and hours of five-minute puffs is a lot of exposure. To that extent, hookah smoking could look like chain smoking,” McCarthy said.
The longer period of exposure to the smoke also contributes to a greater exposure to the cancer-causing carcinogens of burning tobacco. Risks of throat, lung, stomach and esophagus cancer increase with hookah smoking, as well as coronary artery disease and cardiovascular disease.
It's also decor-wise so "I Dream of Jeannie" in the photos---all they are missing is Major Nelson. Oh my, the colors? The beads? It's brothel chic! Honestly. It's just some hook to make money off of college kids near college bars. What's wrong with the Gryphon and Burlap & Bean? Are real cafes now passé? You can't talk in real cafes? Or is it you can't possible socialize without smoking forget about drinking? Really? No college kids go anymore to party at those off campus houses from the local colleges when they want to smoke and drink?
I want to know what is next for the Main Line epicenter of phony Locust Valley Lock Jaw? Oh hallowed Bryn Mawr for all it's pretensions is just another college town after all. It cracks me up because what this owner has created is a Sesame Place of Smoking for college kids. And I noticed the jabs at bloggers? I did a quick google based on the article and found a post on Omar's on the SAC site - so what? So what did the blogger say that is so bad? Or is it the fact that Mr. Hookah Palooka is just someone else who doesn't like blogs unless they can control the content or someone is fawning over him? Puleazze, snarky probably wouldn't have paid no never mind to this if the guy hadn't mentioned another blog. Mention another blog and I can't resist! I have to understand the squawking, and I still don't get it and I found a couple of his statements perplexing in the interview - like the comments about the hours of this place. This Omar's has a website. It says after hours on their own website, but he infers bedtime for babies in the interview?
Well, that guy Farley should be thanking those bloggers over at SAC for giving him some bidness.
However, the Happy Valley parallel is not one I care for. I don't pay to live in Happy Valley, I pay to live on the Main Line. And honestly the "we're not a bar" thing is so funny --- because of the state store system, many BYOB restaurants that are BYOBs are BYOBs because it's cheaper from not only a liability standpoint, but heck, those liquor licenses are pretty darn expensive aren't they?
But oh yes, hookah bars today, next trend tomorrow. Only I hope the next college trend has fewer health ramifications as that is what I thought being adults and parents was all about: to encourage your kids not to repeat parental or societal mistakes. Can't wait for one to open in Wayne. Then all the public works employees from Radnor who hang at the Wawa and the A-Plus mini mart will have some place else to smoke and goof off. Am I mixing my topics? Yes because I will never understand how those guys get paid for a whole day, yet often they don't work full days? And I got a giggle of the thought of them in a hookah hooker red interior with the public works mobiles parked outside.
Snort, snort ! Hookah Hooker Red....now that's a good one. Home Depot can thank me later for thinking up another paint color name....
Personally I don't give a crap what this guy does, other than I question the parenting skills of someone who wants to encourage teens to smoke and whatnot. And he is so overly defensive in this article that you just have to wonder....
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
No more mani-pedis and massages in the afternoon! I come home to flash-flash-flash "Go on the Main Line Suburban Life site!! Rutty is taking the money and running!"
Oh the drama! Oh the intrigue! Say, is it real this time? After all, didn't he play coy about this during the summer? How will Radnor be able to cash out this golden goose? Who is next in line? What will they do?
Good lord, all I wanted was a nice relaxing massage and more salacious gossip about Monica Malpass and the mystery of the baby bump....but I got more, more, more.
One little thing? Didn't Chief Rutty get a raise recently? They retire on almost full salary, don't they? Sooooo?
Source: Radnor police chief set to retire
Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010
By Sam Strike
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Oh seriously, it has to be a full moon if Monica Helmet Headed Malpass is in one article and Alycia Hot Temper Lane is in the other.
These two T.V. tarts are the stuff mocking is made of. First of all I thought when Alycia moved we were done with her? And second of all, who cares if old Monica goes the Renee Chenault-Fattah "I'm havin' a baby and I created it all on my own" approach to pregnancy? She's a bitch and right now she's having a bastard, so what? Happens every darn day in this country.
Good lord both of these news twats never were newsworthy. And here I thought it couldn't get any better after I heard Pamela Anderson would be signing maxi pads or whatever at Main Line Rite Aid stores on January 23rd. Honestly, being reduced to Rite Aid stores must be an all time career low. And why did they pick those Rite Aid stores? The least they could have done is go to Wayne to give James Schneller something to do other than pretend to run for congress, right?
Posted on Tue, Jan. 12, 2010
Alycia Lane's suit vs. CBS3 & Mendte hits speed bump
By REGINA MEDINA
Philadelphia Daily News
A Common Pleas Court judge last month struck down ex-CBS 3 anchor Alycia Lane's lawsuit against her former colleague Larry Mendte and bosses at CBS Broadcasting, but the legal battle wages on.
Judge Matthew Carrafiello simply wanted a shorter version of the filing for the court to read.
The judge ruled Dec. 1 that the complaint filed by Lane's lawyer Paul Rosen be "stricken," according to court documents that the Daily News recently obtained.
"The court finds the complaint fails to state facts in a 'concise and summary form,' " according to notes handwritten on the court order. "And in its present form [the complaint] will impede the responsive pleading process and the trial of issues."....In another legal matter in the case, Morrow last week filed an emergency motion to quash a subpoena from Rosen seeking communications and documents that refer to Lane and Mendte from Banyan Productions, of Philadelphia. The production company and Mendte have been developing a reality show he would host, titled "Coming Clean."
Rosen also seeks all communications between Banyan and Mendte as well as between the production company and third parties. "We want to see who he has marketed this program to," Rosen said.
Posted on Tue, Jan. 12, 2010
Monica Malpass preggers - twins?
By Dan Gross
Philadelphia Daily News
AND THE BIG story on Action News last night, Monica Malpass revealed she's pregnant.
The anchor, who turns 49 in April, announced on the 5 p.m. news that she's due in June.
A station source says Malpass told co-workers yesterday that she is carrying twins, though she did not mention twins on the air.
Malpass has a son, Jake, 9, with real estate developer ex-husband David Cutler. No word on who the father is this time, but Malpass' wish for more children was no secret.
We reported in October 2006 that she and Eastern Auto Parts owner Steve Thorne had called off their four-month engagement, reportedly because they disagreed over whether to have children. Malpass wanted to; Thorne, who already had kids, did not.
Posted on Tue, Jan. 12, 2010
Inqlings: Anderson to open Parx club
By Michael Klein
Pamela Anderson will do more than plug her perfumes when she visits two local Rite Aid stores on Jan. 23....Her Rite Aid appearances will be 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Narberth, and 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Ardmore.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
So last night, not only did they NOT hire Piggy Paul Janssen as interim manager, but it seems like they will drop that scammer search firm AND John Nagle because President of the Radnor Board of Commissioners? Look for yourself if you don't believe me, I have not been drinking.
OK, to have been a fly on the wall when Lisa Paolino heard this news. I am sure someone pretending to be her husband will post a comment saying Lisa doesn't care about such things she's off saving the world one manicotti at a time or something, but one can't help but do a flash back to the start of 2009, where she tried a power play to become President but got instead nothing --- it was after that point her absences began.
But the question looming in my mind is why didn't John Fisher get President? He was V.P. and seemed pretty popular? So what happened?
As for Bill Spingler, any odds on what he'll do first as revenge? Was he a Republican once upon a time? Think he'll switch parties?
Sources imply Hilltop Prep is on financial life support? Who is making book on the odds of it closing? What about Malvern Prep? And what will happen to that CPA of his? Where is his family? I do feel sorry for the wife & kids because learning hubby and dad was just a scammer has to be devastating.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
I was already pretty cheesed about everything I had been reading about the latest Pig Boy Radnor wants to import...then I got a comment this morning on my post yesterday:
You guys want some good reads? Go the the West Chester Daily Local and search his name. Ten pages come up about him and the RDA. Most of his 'projects' have stood still after $8 million was spent.
One article says before he was hired in Yeadon, a caravan of Coatesville residents (twice) went to the Yeadon meetings to voice their opinions about him. I hope they come to Radnor tomorrow night.
So I searched....and I found:
Coatesville group cautions Yeadon about Janssen
Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2008
YEADON — After Coatesville residents twice cautioned Yeadon officials about Interim Borough Manager Paul Janssen's history with their city, Borough Council last week initiated a search for a permanent borough manager.
Janssen has been serving as interim borough manager since January under a contract with Local Government Management Services LLC. Janssen was retained by council President Vivian Ford's administration to evaluate municipal operations and programs with an eye toward improving efficiency and ensuring compliance with relevant laws and policies.
Ford wanted to extend Janssen's term through 2009, contracting directly with HC Management Solutions. Janssen is vice president and CFO of HC Management.
The matter was tabled, however, after a contingent of Coatesville residents came forward at a June council meeting with information regarding Janssen's controversial past as a municipal manager in Coatesville and Norristown.
The group returned to a July council meeting, and Coatesville resident Pat Sellers urged council "to keep a close eye on finances, because shortly after Mr. Janssen left we were $7 million in the hole ... Janssen is very persuasive. He had a big vision, but it came at a hell of a cost."
What the fart, Radnor? If I can look up a couple articles on the Internet and you losers hired a search firm, WHY THE HELL CAN'T YOU PEOPLE READ???? CAN'T YOU DO A BASIC BACKGROUND CHECK?
This guy obviously preys on less wealthy communities, so explain why you want him here now when Radnor can't tie it's shoes without vomiting legal fees? Are you all the glorious officials of Radnor saying Radnor is already as bad off as Norristown, Coatesvilee and Yeadon that you might as well hire a guy who fibs out of both sides of his mouth?
Damn Radnor, you might as well hire Karl Rove while you are at it.
I was not going to say anymore about this after yesterday, but it seems Radnor commissioners are trying to pull a fast one. I bet Spingler l-o-v-e-s this guy and as a matter of fact was this a Radnor Democrat Commissioner idea or a Radnor Republican Commissioner idea?
If anyone from Norristown or Coatesville comes tomorrow to Radnor to protest Janssen, we should welcome them with open arms and say THANK YOU FOR CARING. So Coatesville and Norristown? If you are interested in attending this PUBLIC MEETING, it starts about 7:00 P.M. and the address is 301 Iven Avenue Wayne PA, conveniently located just off Lancaster Avenue.
Here is the article from Saturday's Inquirer too ---- interesting reading for sure:
Posted on Sat, Jan. 2, 2010
Ex-Coatesville manager Janssen in line in Radnor
By Bonnie L. Cook
Inquirer Staff Writer
Paul G. Janssen Jr., the former Coatesville manager who left under a cloud and then resigned amid an insurance flap from his next job as Norristown's manager, is in line to become Radnor Township's interim manager.
Monday night, Radnor's seven commissioners will vote on whether to hire Janssen for part-time work Monday through Friday at a salary of $100 an hour. The commissioners' meeting agenda was posted late this week.
Janssen, 53, works as interim manager in Yeadon Borough, tending its affairs part-time two days a week, said newly elected Radnor Commissioner John Nagle. A search firm suggested Janssen's name.
Nagle said Janssen would help Radnor because he could be in the township building for part of each workday, monitoring the township's business, while other candidates could not.
"The real point is, at this time, we're not seeing him do much more than caretaking," Nagle said. "We hope to have a full-time manager in six to eight weeks."
If the appointment is approved, Janssen would succeed interim Manager John A. Granger, whose tenure ends Monday.
The township is struggling toward normalcy after a scandal involving Granger's predecessor, David A. Bashore.
Bashore, Radnor's manager for eight years, was suspended Feb. 26 and fired March 3 after questions arose about $128,500 in bonuses he allegedly paid himself and almost $400,000 in expenses that could not be accounted for in an audit of township funds.
And now I answered one of my own questions, I googled Janssen again for blog specific to see what would crop up, and I got a random and utterly boring blog from Coatesville - it's the Coatesville Dems Blog. The post is very telling. In a nutshell, Janssen is obviously Democrat connected. So that answers my question above of where he came from. Good job Radnor Dems...great way to come out of the box as the majority by introducing us to Coatesville's former village idiot.
Friday, January 1, 2010
All I did was go somewhere for New Year's Eve and I have been scooped already??
OK, total props to the SAC site for starting 2010 with a bang. Snaps to them for:
Happy New Year: What Does Radnor Have in Common With Norristown & Coatesville? Paul Janssen?
Suffice it to say I am horrified. Horrified that Radnor would even think of hiring such a destructive Politically Connected Pig Whale. Who picked this guy? Look at him. He even looks creepy.
I would like to think the tax dollars of residents are worth more.
WTF Radnor? Why? And why, once again, did residents know nothing in advance? When did Radnor post the agenda this time? Shouldn't residents have a say here? Haven't we had enough shady types already?
WTF Radnor, what is Radnor's New Year's Resolution? To make 2010 as big a mess as 2009?