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Lower Merion teacher producing original play in Philadelphia

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Credit: Theatre Philadelphia

Source: The Reporter

“A play that hits home … and never leaves!,” reads the tagline of the newest play by Lower Merion High School special education teacher Dave Orlansky.

A year after Adam Blum’s college graduation, the 23-year-old is still living with his mom and dad. Headphones constantly on, and his eyes focused on a laptop, he has become one with the couch. Desperate, Adam’s mother creates a fake online dating profile for him to gently nudge her son out of the nest.

The comedy “The Boomerang Kid” debuts Jan. 10 at the Christ Church Neighborhood House. “It’s an idea I had five, six years ago. A lot of people my age had crippling college (loan) debt. I never moved home because my mom would’ve killed me,” said, Orlansky, who is 31.

Continue reading on The Reporter

5 Technology Trends Small Businesses Should Consider in 2019

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Source: Inc

Next year is shaping up to be transformative for the way we do business, thanks to rapidly improving voice recognition technologysocial media platforms pushing to become integral to marketing and e-commerce efforts, increasing competition for top talent, and a slew of new apps on the horizon.

1. Optimizing your content for voice search.

For years, small businesses have engaged in search engine optimization tactics to help their website or blog rank higher in Google’s search results. And for years, we’ve been interacting with AI assistants like Siri and Alexa to help us learn, shop, and communicate.

Now those two worlds are colliding: Voice search is changing the way users find and Google surfaces content–and it’s opening up unique opportunities for small, local businesses to boost their visibility. We’ve seen many of our small business customers jump on the voice search bandwagon.

Here are a few reasons why optimizing for voice search is different, and so important: People are increasingly using their mobile devices and smart speakers to voice search, and when they do, their queries are more conversational and longer than typical typed searches.

Continue reading on Inc.

Lower Merion School District Plans Afternoon of Service in Honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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(Photo Pete Bannan/Main Line Times)

Source: Main Line Times

LOWER MERION — Students from the ten schools in the Lower Merion School District and members of the community are invited to take part in an afternoon of service in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events will take place in the cafeteria of Lower Merion High School, 315 E. Montgomery Ave. in Ardmore on Friday, Jan. 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Student organizations and the Home & School Associations will sponsor a number of hands-on projects for volunteers of all ages. Members of the Welsh Valley Middle School Jazz Band will provide entertainment. The League of Women Voters will be on hold a voter registration drive. And one student from each of the District’s secondary schools will be honored for their exemplary volunteer work throughout the year.

Continue reading on Main Line Times

5 Places to Get Your Italian On for National Spaghetti Day

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Here are some great places to visit on January 4th in the Lower Merion area for this spaghetti holiday!

La Collina

Indulge in dishes, such as Spaghetti Bolognese and Spaghetti Carbonara.

37 Ashland Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Not Your Average Joe’s

How about something a little different. Their veggie version of a time-honored italian dish, made with a zesty mushroom bolognese, spaghetti squash, sautéed baby spinach and kale, topped with freshly grated romano cheese. Gluten-free version available as well.

49 Saint James PL, Ardmore

Great American Pub

Spaghetti & Meatballs are available in Entrees and Kid’s Fare.

101 North Narberth Avenue, Narberth


Stop in and pick up a Spaghetti & Meatball family dinner! A scrumptious homemade meal for the family featuring our homemade spaghetti, meatballs in marinara sauce, garlic bread and brownie bites.

2616 E. County Line Rd, Ardmore

Turning Point

Try this wonderful dish. ZUCCHINI “SPAGHETTI” Sautéed julienned zucchini, roasted portabellos, roasted red peppers, fresh basil pesto and Italian parmesan cheese.

925 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr

New Trash, Recycling Schedule In Narberth Effective Jan 1

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Source: Patch

NARBERTH, PA – A new trash and recycling schedule is going into effect in Narberth with the new year.

Effective Jan. 1, trash will be picked up every Monday and the new single-stream recycling will be collected every Thursday. Learn more about single-stream recycling online here.

If the collection days happen to be holidays, materials will be collected on the next business day.

Continue reading on Patch.

Lower Merion Is The Best Place To Live In PA, say Money Mag.

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Lower Merion Township is a booming town. With great schools, an ever-growing food scene, eclectic employers, locally-owned businesses and more, it’s a coveted suburb for many families.

And with all that considered, Money Mag recently named the township the best place to live in Pennsylvania.

The magazine used data from its Best Places to Live in the U.S. list to generate the “This Is the Best Place to Live in Every State” list.

Money looked only at places with populations of 50,000 or greater, and eliminated any place that had more than double the national crime risk, less than 85 percent of its state’s median household income, or a lack of ethnic diversity.

Continue reading on Patch.

Bala Cynwyd’s Dairy Cafe Closes, Kosher Pizzeria Coming: Report

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Source: Patch

It was a good run for the Montgomery Avenue cafe, as it has closed after three and a half years of serving Main Liners.

BALA CYNWYD, PA – After three and a half years of serving Main Line residents, Bala Cynwyd’s The Dairy Cafe has closed.

According to, the Montgomery Avenue cafe has closed, but its owners have plans to open another eatery nearby.

Read more on Patch.

Haverford School Parents’ Association raises $200K at annual auction

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Photo Source: Submitted by Haverford School

Source: Main Line Media News

LOWER MERION — The Haverford School Parents’ Association held its annual party and auction last month.

The event, which had the theme “Let’s Hear it for the Boys,” raised more than $200,000. All funds raised support important initiatives at the school, including service learning programs, the performing arts, athletics, facility improvements, academic programs, faculty support and scholarships for students.

Continue reading on Main Line Media News.

Lower Merion Schools Top $50K In Donations To Cancer Group

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Source: Patch

ARDMORE, PA – The 14th Annual Maroon Madness benefit event at Lower Merion High School was a major success, bringing hundreds of community members together in support of Coaches vs. Cancer.

Nearly 1,000 people came out to support this year’s event, which serves as the official start to Lower Merion’s winter athletic season and the school’s annual Coaches vs. Cancer Drive.

Over the past 8 years, the Lower Merion community has raised well over $50,000 to benefit cancer research.

Read more on Patch.

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