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FBI investigates after school district denies monitoring students

February 20, 2010 6:33 p.m. EST

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW: FBI will try to determine whether wiretap, computer intrusion laws were violated
  • Pennsylvania family claims assistant principal watched boy through laptop’s webcam
  • Official: It was mistake not to tell families of feature allowing school to monitor hardware.
  • District only accesses laptop if it’s reported lost, stolen or missing, school spokesman says

(CNN) — The FBI has opened an investigation into allegations that a Pennsylvania school official remotely monitored a student at home, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told CNN on Saturday.

The official, who asked not to be identified, said the FBI became involved in the case after a family filed a lawsuit against the Lower Merion School District, located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The family accused an assistant principal at Harriton High School of watching their son through his laptop’s webcam while he was at home and unaware he was being watched. The family also says the school official used a photo taken on a laptop as the basis for disciplining the student.

In a statement issued late Friday, District Superintendent Christopher McGinley rejected the allegations.

“At no time did any high school administrator have the ability or actually access the security-tracking software,” he said. “We believe that the administrator at Harriton has been unfairly portrayed and unjustly attacked in connection with her attempts to be supportive of a student and his family. The district never did and never would use such tactics as a basis for disciplinary action.”

A school official said it was a mistake not to make families aware of a feature allowing the school to monitor the computer hardware.

The law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told CNN that the FBI will try to determine whether federal wiretap or computer intrusion laws were violated.

But FBI spokesman J.J. Klaver said he could not disclose the existence of an investigation.

In a lawsuit seeking class-action status filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Michael and Holly Robbins of Penn Valley are suing the school district, its board of directors, and the superintendent. They claim that the district unlawfully used its ability to remotely access a webcam on their son’s laptop computer, which was issued by the district.

The lawsuit says that on November 11, 2009, the plaintiff’s son was told by the assistant principal at Harriton High School that he was caught engaging in “improper behavior” in his home which was captured in an image via the webcam. According to the Robbins’ complaint, neither they nor their son were informed of the school’s ability to remotely access the webcam. It is unclear what the boy was doing in his room or if any punishment was given out. (although on a tv interview with the student and his mother, he indicated that he was [popping a candy mint which was taken by the school assistant principal to be drugs, paraphrased more or less] and he said the assistant principle showed him a still picture that she took of him in his room.)

Doug Young, spokesman for the Lower Merion School District, told CNN that the district would only remotely access a laptop if it was reported lost, stolen or missing. ( my note – apparently they are admitting that the “security protocol” is available on every computer they have given out to students [which is implied by their admission stated here and publicly], and that every one of these computers can be accessed remotely by their staff at their discretion through the webcam and any other information software they’ve licensed.)

If that happened, the district would first have to request access from its technology and security department and receive authorization, he said. Then it would use the built-in security feature to take over the laptop and see whatever was in the webcam’s field of vision, potentially allowing them to track down the missing computer.

(my note – that is beyond any measure, against Constitutional guarantees of rights to American citizens, including children and families. It is also a typical cold war and Nazi Germany era gestapo mentality – spying.)

During the 2009-2010 school year, 42 laptops were reported lost, stolen or missing, and the tracking software was activated by the technology department in each instance, according to McGinley’s statement. A total of 18 laptops were found or recovered.

At no time did any high school administrator have the ability or actually access the security-tracking software.
–Christopher McGinley, Lower Merion School District superintendent

McGinley said the parents and students were not explicitly told about this built-in security feature.

“Despite some reports to the contrary, be assured that the security-tracking software has been completely disabled,” McGinley said in the statement.

“This feature was limited to taking a still image of the computer user and an image of the desktop in order to help locate the reported missing, lost, or stolen computer (this includes tracking down a loaner computer that, against regulations, might be taken off campus).”

In order to receive the laptop, the family had to sign an “acceptable-use” agreement. In order to take the laptop home, the family would also have to buy insurance for the computer.

In the “acceptable-use” agreement, the families are made aware of the school’s ability to “monitor” the hardware, Young said, but it stops short of explicitly explaining the security feature. He said that was a mistake.

(my note – that is also true for every other school student’s computer issued by any US local school system.)

Young told CNN that the district is very proud of the laptop program and its ability to close the technology gap between students who have computers at home and those who don’t. He acknowledged that the schools have to take a step back to re-evaluate the policies and procedures surrounding the program.

Multiple requests for further comment from the lawyer for the Robbins’, Mark Haltzman of Lamm Rubenstone LLC, went unanswered.( The school board is made up of lawyers in Lower Merion, up to and including the school board chairman, my note – see below for the school board’s nine members and other local officials who are responsible for this. There are probably some at the state level in the Education Department and State of Pennsylvania Legislature that are directly involved in this policy and its use.)

CNN’s Susan Candiotti and Nicole Bliman contributed to this report

http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/02/20/laptop.suit/index.html?hpt=T2

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MY Note –

There was a case several years ago that successfully prosecuted against a man who had made a peephole in a women’s bathroom mirror and there have been some successfully prosecuted against peepholes in dressing rooms and bathrooms in the US. Now, why is it that the school systems have a right to come into our homes by remotely accessing any computer webcam? Isn’t it the same criminal act?

It also means that any real protection from unreasonable search and seizures, any real rights to the protections of our privacy in our own homes, and any protection of our basic human and civil rights are no more than pretense and no longer actually exist. The fact that this school system found it appropriate to remotely view the events and activities occurring in the privacy of this and any other student’s bedroom in their parents’ home for any reason – indicates a complete ignorance of our bill of rights and US Constitution. It has to also be criminal under the laws of any state contained within at least eight statutes that I can remember, from the laws against “peeping Tom” behaviors to the laws against electronic eavesdropping and wiretaps.

– cricketdiane

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Members of the Harriton, Lower Merion, PA high school administration responsible for this policy and their secretaries –

http://www.lmsd.org/sections/schools/default.php?m=&t=hhs&p=hhs

http://www.lmsd.org/sections/schools/default.php?t=hhs&p=hhs_staffdir

Matsko Lindy HHS Assistant Principal 610-658-3953
Matilla Philip HHS Assistant Principal 610-658-3951
Marcuson Lauren HHS Assistant Principal 610-658-3955
Kline Steve HHS Principal 610-658-3970
Urian Lynne HHS Secretary to Assistant Principal 610-658-3951
Moyer Kim HHS Secretary to the Principal 610-658-3970
Mossor Jenn HHS Secretary to the Assistant Principal 610-658-3973
Johnson Theresa HHS Secretary to the Assistant Principal 610-658-3955
Flynn Peg HHS Secretary to Assistant Principal 610-658-3953

Harriton High School
600 North Ithan Avenue
Rosemont, PA 19010
Map & Directions

  • Phone Number: 610-658-3950
  • School Closing Number: 302

Mr. Steve Kline, Principal

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http://www.lmsd.org/

Lower Marion School District, PA

Lower Merion School District
301 East Montgomery Ave.
Ardmore, PA 19003
610.645.1800

About LMSD

The Lower Merion School District (LMSD), located in Philadelphia’s historic Main Line suburbs, serves the 62,000 residents of Lower Merion Township and the Borough of Narberth. Established as one of Pennsylvania’s first public school districts in 1834, LMSD enjoys a rich tradition of achievement, innovation and community partnership and a longstanding reputation as one of the finest school systems in the United States. The District’s six elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools provide a challenging, multi-disciplinary academic program and dynamic, co-curricular experience to more than 6,900 students.

Of the District’s nine eligible schools, all have received recognition for excellence by the Commonwealth and seven have received the National Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in Education. LMSD schools rank among the highest in Pennsylvania for SAT and PSAT scores, AP Participation rate, total number of National Merit Semifinalists, total number of International Baccalaureate diplomas granted and in numerous publications’ “Top Schools” lists. Approximately ninety-four percent of high school graduates attend institutions of higher learning.

LMSD’s comprehensive instructional program encompasses an array of services for special needs and gifted children as well as community-based learning programs, extended daycare, early-intervention literacy support, an International Baccalaureate diploma program and a full menu of high school honors and AP courses. An extensive range of course offerings in core areas, music and the arts, technology and special subjects form the foundation of the District’s secondary curriculum. Themed, year-long middle school programs offer students enhanced opportunities to explore subjects through hands-on, interdisciplinary study and block scheduling. The District’s World Languages program enables all students to receive uninterrupted foreign language instruction from second grade until the time they graduate from high school.

More than 500 supervised academic, athletic, community outreach and performance-oriented co-curricular programs are available in the District, from elementary school technology clubs to high school varsity sports. In addition to serving student programs, the District’s facilities are utilized by thousands of community members for enrichment programs, recreation and general use.

The District’s professional staff consists of than 630 full time teachers, 80% of whom have advanced degrees. The faculty is complemented by a support staff of more than 500 skilled individuals. A guidance counselor and psychologist are available in every school.

LMSD maintains one of the lowest class size averages in Pennsylvania. The student-to professional staff ratio at the secondary level is 11:1 and average class size in the District is approximately 21 students. In addition to providing a supportive teaching environment, the District offers one of the highest salaries and best benefits packages in Pennsylvania and extensive staff development opportunities.

LMSD is in the final phases of implementing a Capital Improvement Program that began in 1997-1998. Nine of ten school projects have been completed, including six elementary schools, two middle schools and Harriton High School, which opened in in September of 2009. The new Lower Merion High School is scheduled to open in Fall 2010.

LMSD is one of only two districts in Pennsylvania to earn Moody’s highest bond rating, a reflection of outstanding fiscal strength and stewardship.

http://www.lmsd.org/sections/about/

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( My Note – somewhere there are state legislators and department of education policy makers who are directly responsible for abrogating the Constitution of the United States in every case where the use of these “security protocols” to remotely access laptop webcams in people’s homes, have been utilized in denial of every human and civil right guaranteed American citizens along with their children, who are also citizens and guaranteed rights. – cricketdiane)

Board of Directors

The Board of School Directors is comprised of nine members. These members are elected locally to act as a corporate body in fulfilling within the Lower Merion School District the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s obligation to provide public education.

School Directors are elected at municipal elections on odd-numbered years to serve four-year terms beginning on the first Monday in December following their election. The major responsibility of the Board is to set policies that define the nature of public education from Kindergarten through the 12th grade.

Parents and residents are encouraged to attend the Board’s Business Meetings and the Education Committee Meetings. Formal action is taken only at the Business Meetings. Time is set aside for questions, comments or suggestions from the public at the beginning of each meeting. All meetings begin at 8:00 PM and are held in the Lower Merion High School library. For more information, click on School Board Meeting Schedule.

Current members of LMSD Board of School Directors:

David Ebby, President
Linda Doucette-Ashman, Vice President
Diane DiBonaventur0

Gary Friedlander – GFried636@aol.com

Melissa Gilbert

Susan Guthrie

Lyn Kugel

Jerry Novick

Lisa Fair Pliskin

(here is a good one to call –  he is on the Republican Committee for Lower Merion along with pushing their views on the school board)

Gary Friedlander

Republican committeeCommitteeperson 14-3, School Board Director
610-292-0666
GFried636@aol.com
http://www.lmsd.org/sections/about/default.php?t=board&p=board

Democratic Candidates for Lower Merion School Board
Diane DiBonaventuro has served as a School Director in Lower Merion since December 1999.  For the last several years she has been the chair of the Facilities Committee and an active participant in the planning and implementation of the Capital Program.  She helped shepherd through the planning, bidding and construction of Penn Valley, Gladwyne and Merion Elementary schools, all of which have been completed on time and on budget.  She previously chaired the Finance and Policy Committees.  In addition to her extensive volunteer work with the schools, Diane is the executive director of the Main Line Girls Basketball Association.  The MLGBA is a community sports league for girls in grades 2 through 12.  Diane received her B.A. and teaching certificate from the University of Pennsylvania.  She taught middle school in North Philadelphia, lower school at Friends Central and then moved on to the college level where she was a coach, instructor and eventually a Director of Athletics.  She has worked at Bryn Mawr College and Immaculata College.  Diane lives in Rosemont with her husband of 20 years, Warren Higgins, their two children, both products of Lower Merion schools, and their two dogs. She attended Lower Merion schools until her family moved in 1972.  After graduating from college in 1982 she returned to Lower Merion and has lived in the district for over 30 years.  (Click here for Diane DiBonaventuro’s “issue statement”.)

Linda Doucette-Ashman is an environmental attorney who worked in the corporate legal departments of Polaroid Corporation, American Cyanamid Company and Cytec Industries for 12 years.  Her practice concentrated in the areas of regulatory affairs, contracts and community relations.  She received a B.A. in Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College in 1985 and her law degree from New England School of Law in 1988.  Linda has spent the last 7 years actively involved at Gladwyne Elementary and most recently at Welsh Valley.  She participates in the classrooms and on various Home and School Association committees including serving as Inter School Council representative and Co-Coordinator of Gladwyne’s Foreign Language Club.  She also served as a Board Member for the Committee for Special Education, a volunteer parent organization assisting parents with children who have IEPs, 504 Agreements or GIEPs, and was the Co-Chair of its Gifted Committee for 2 years.  She is a member of the Newcomers Club of Bryn Mawr, a non-profit group which provides fellowship to new residents in the Main Line area, and served on its Board for 5 years.  Linda lives in Villanova with her husband Harvey Ashman and their two children who attend Welsh Valley and Gladwyne.  (Click here for Linda Doucette-Ashman’s “issue statement”.)

David Ebby is a partner in the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, where he specializes in commercial real estate law.  Prior to practicing law, he taught upper school history and English at the Bullis School in Potomac, MD.  David grew up in Bala Cynwyd and attended Cynwyd Elementary and Bala Cynwyd Jr. High before graduating from Episcopal Academy.  He received his B.A. in 1985 from Amherst College and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1989. David resides in Bryn Mawr with his wife Jane, a spinning instructor at Main Line Health and Fitness, and their three children who attend Welsh Valley Middle School, Gladwyne Elementary and Friends Central.  (Click here for David Ebby’s “issue statement”.)

Susan Guthrie is an economist with expertise in labor economics, the economics of the public sector, and the estimation of economic damages.  Until October 2006, she was a Principal at The Brattle Group, an economic consulting firm, where she led economic analyses on behalf of large corporations in cases involving commercial damage claims often in excess of hundreds of millions of dollars. While at The Brattle Group, she also served on the Board of Directors.  She has been a home room parent for the last two years at Merion Elementary School.  Susan received B.A.s in applied mathematics and economics from the University of California at San Diego and her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1995.  She moved to Merion Station in 1999 where she now resides with her husband, Todd Sinai, an Associate Professor at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and two children who attend Merion Elementary.  (Click here for Susan Guthrie’s “issue statement”.)

Lisa Fair Pliskin has served as a School Director in Lower Merion since December 2003.  She is currently the chair of the Finance Committee.  During her tenure she has served as a member of the committees on Policy, Facilities, Communications, Personnel and Audit.  Lisa is Vice President & General Counsel of Kravco Simon Company, a management and development company specializing in retail properties located in King of Prussia.  Prior to joining Kravco, Lisa was Counsel with the law firm of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll with a broad transactional real estate practice.   Lisa received her B.A. from Tufts University and her J.D. from New York University Law School in 1989.  Lisa grew up in Lower Merion, attending Penn Wynne and Ardmore Junior High School and graduating from Lower Merion High School in 1982.  She resides in Merion Station with her husband, Dan Pliskin, a corporate and securities lawyer, and has two children who attend Bala Cynwyd Middle School and Merion Elementary.  (Click here for Lisa Fair Pliskin’s “issue statement”.)

Paid for by Leadership for Excellence in Education Pamela Levinson, Treasurer

David Ebby is a partner in the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, where he specializes in commercial real estate law.  Prior to practicing law, he taught upper school history and English at the Bullis School in Potomac, MD.  David grew up in Bala Cynwyd and attended Cynwyd Elementary and Bala Cynwyd Jr. High before graduating from Episcopal Academy.  He received his B.A. in 1985 from Amherst College and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1989. David resides in Bryn Mawr with his wife Jane, a spinning instructor at Main Line Health and Fitness, and their three children who attend Welsh Valley Middle School, Gladwyne Elementary and Friends Central.  (Click here for David Ebby’s “issue statement”.)

(above info about democratic board members found here – )

http://www.lmsdvote.org/bios.htm

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Other Matching Articles for
“David Ebby”

Philadelphia Business Journal – by Jeff Blumenthal

Monday, February 6, 2006

Ebby flows to another firm

Real-estate lawyer David Ebby has become the third young partner to leave Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin in Philadelphia, as he rejoined his original law firm, Drinker Biddle & Reath.

Ebby, 42, joined Hangley Aronchick along with his father, Stuart Ebby, in 2001, bringing with them a significant real-estate development practice. It was assumed that when the elder Ebby, 68, retired, he would pass down his book of business to his son.

But David Ebby has decided to return to the firm where he spent the first five years of his career. He started Monday.

Hangley Aronchick Chairman William Hangley said Ebby takes with him a significant book of business. He is not surprised at the move because Ebby maintained a close friendship with Drinker Biddle Managing Partner Andrew Kassner and Drinker Biddle had been pursuing him.

Kassner said Ebby is just hitting his stride as a business producer and practitioner and his arrival fits Drinker Biddle’s goal to expand its real-estate practice. The firm currently has 32 real-estate lawyers, including 16 in its Philadelphia and Berwyn offices.

In addition to the elder Ebby, Hangley Aronchick still has real-estate partners David Scolnic and Richard Goldstein. Hangley said the firm would like to replace David Ebby with a senior-level real-estate practitioner.

Hangley Aronchick, a 50-attorney firm that competes for talent and clients with the city’s largest law firms, has an elite commercial-litigation practice but has found it slower going in building its transactional practices.

Hangley Aronchick is also home to Stuart Ebby’s other son, Robert Ebby, a partner in the litigation department. Late last year the firm lost two other partners in their 40s, intellectual-property litigator David Wolfsohn to Woodcock Washburn and white-collar litigator Hank Hockeimer to Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll.

http://philadelphia.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/stories/2006/02/06/daily7.html?jst=s_cn_hl

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Mar 3 8 a.m. Curriculum Committee Meeting – Board Room
Monday, March 8, 2010
Mar 8 8 p.m. School Board – Education/Special Committee Meeting (LM LIB) 8 pm
Friday, March 12, 2010
Mar 12 8:30 a.m. Policy Committee Meeting – Conference Room
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Mar 18 8 a.m. Facilities/Purchasing Committee Meeting – Board Room
Monday, March 22, 2010
Mar 22 8 p.m. School Board – Business Meeting (LM LIB) 8 pm
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Mar 24 8:30 a.m. Communications Committee Meeting – Pupil Services Conference Room

Board of School Directors – Lower Merion School District

http://events.lmsd.org/webevent.pl?cmd=listmonth&y=2010&m=3&d=14&de=1&tf=0&sib=1&sb=0&sa=0&ws=0&stz=Default&sort=e,m,t&cat=&swe=1&cf=list&set=1&cal=cal16

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Republican Commissioners of Lower Merion

Jenny Brown (Ward 2)
jwbrown@flammlaw.com
Phil Rosenzweig (Ward 6)
610-647-5800
phil@rrhc.com
Scott Zelov (Ward 10)
610-256-4120
vscottzelov@comcast.net
Gould, Lewis F., Jr., Esq. (Ward 11)
215-979-1282
lfgould@duanemorris.com

Republican Lower Merion Township School Board Members

Ted Lorenz
610-668-0770
telorenz@netzero.com
Gary Friedlander
610-292-0666
GFried636@aol.com

Jerold Novick
215-241-0200
jerryn@philamanagement.com

Narberth Borough Tax Collector

Regina Watson
610-664-2840

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Now is the time to get involved! To volunteer to help with our upcoming elections,
contact Kacie Peters, Executive Director, at Headquarters listed below.

Republican Committee of Lower Merion & Narberth
3 1/2 W. Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
Phone: 610-642-4407
Fax: 610-642-4409
info@lowermerionvote.org
Email RCLMN

http://www.lowermerionvote.org/localofficials.html

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The Republican Committee of Lower Merion and Narberth, Pennsylvania, USA

Name Ward and Precinct
Elizabeth Preate Havey Communications Chair, Committeeperson 1-1
Ralph Grasso Ward Leader, Committeeperson 1-1
Lesli Esposito Committeeperson 1-2
Thomas Manning Committeeperson 1-2
Eric Settle Committeeperson 1-3
Shari Finer Committeeperson 1-3
Karen Aydt Ward Leader, Committeeperson 2-1
Fred Wentz Committeeperson 2-1
Mark Nicoletti Assistant Committeeperson 2-1
Alyse Colen Committeeperson 2-2
Richard Brown Committeeperson 2-2
Harriet Goodwin Committeeperson 2-3
Holly Robbins Committeeperson 2-3
Gayle Michael Committeeperson 3-1
Matt Michael Committeeperson 3-1
Kathy Firpo Committeeperson 3-2
Steven Selinger Ward Leader, Committeeperson 3-2
Greg Strickland Committeeperson 3-3
Rocco Burdo Committeeperson 3-3
Wes McMichael Committeeperson 4-1
Grace Brown Committeeperson 4-1
Devon Pennington Assistant Committeeperson 4-1
Deborah Hazel Committeeperson 4-2
Cary McClain Ward Leader, Committeeperson 4-3
Michael Imms Committeeperson 4-3
Perrin Hamilton Committeeperson 5-1
William Arthur Wheatley Committeeperson 5-2
Eric Smith Ward Leader 6
Kathleen Daerr-Bannon Committeeperson 6-1
Phil Rosenzweig LM Commissioner, Committeeperson 6-1
Liz Clark Committeeperson 6-2
Jim Clark Vice Chair, Committeeperson 6-2
James P. Harrison, III Committeeperson 6-3
Jill Govberg Committeeperson 6-3
Sherry Horowitz Committeeperson 7-1
Joan Hindin Committeeperson 7-2
James Brown Committeeperson 7-2
Ray Kaelin Committeeperson 7-3
Lucy Hauserman Committeeperson 8-1
Tracy Steele Committeeperson 8-3
Ed Caplan Committeeperson 8-3
Michael Corr Ward Leader, Committeeperson 8-4
David Doran Committeeperson 9-1
Kacie Peters Executive Director, Committeeperson 9-1
Richard Kaufman Committeeperson 9-2
Susan Cirelli Committeeperson 9-2
Karen Ash Ward Leader, Committeeperson 9-3
Laurel Grass Committeeperson 9-3
Kevin Roller Ward Leader 10
Patricia Cosgrave Committeeperson 10-1
Stephen Lee Committeeperson 10-1
Lisa Hall Committeeperson 10-2
Scott Zelov LM Commissioner, Committeeperson 10-2
Mary Beth Hurtado Committeeperson 10-3
Gregg Adelman Committeeperson 10-3
Michael Landau Ward Leader 11
Joanna Hamill Flum Committeeperson 11-1
John Fetter Committeeperson 11-1
John McDonald Committeeperson 11-2
Bernice Reuben Committeeperson 11-2
Mary Poste Committeeperson 11-3
Lew Gould LM Commissioner, Committeeperson 11-3
Bill Maston Ward Leader, Committeeperson 12-1
Jim Ettelson Committeeperson 12-1
Paul Vici Committeeperson 12-2
Jim Stevenson Committeeperson 12-2
Tom Biron Committeeperson 12-3
Jeffrey Bartos Treasurer, Committeeperson 13-1
Patrick Broderick Committeeperson 13-1
Mary Theresa O’Rourke Committeeperson 13-2
Steven Schain Municipal Chair, Ward Leader, Committeeperson 13-2
Cheryl O’Brien Committeeperson 13-3
Bob Sataloff Committeeperson 13-3
Tony Gil Committeeperson 14-1
Christian Petrucci Committeeperson 14-1
Michael Berry Ward Leader, Committeeperson 14-2
Michael Adler Assistant Committeeperson 14-2
Andrew Gotlieb Committeeperson 14-2
Bill Powell Committeeperson 14-3
Gary Freidlander Committeeperson 14-3, School Board Director
Dennis Sharkey Committeeperson Narberth 1
Powell Arms Committeeperson Narberth 1
Mary Levengood Committeeperson Narberth 2
Andrea Torres Committeeperson Narberth 2
Jonathan Goldstein Ward Leader, Committeeperson Narberth 3
Connie Waterman Committeeperson Narberth 3
Andrew Bees Assistant Committeeperson Narberth 3

Now is the time to get involved! To volunteer to help with our upcoming elections,
contact Kacie Peters, Executive Director, at Headquarters listed below.

Republican Committee of Lower Merion & Narberth
3 1/2 W. Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
Phone: 610-642-4407
Fax: 610-642-4409
info@lowermerionvote.org
Email RCLMN

http://www.lowermerionvote.org/committee.html

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Democratic Committee of Lower Merion and Narberth

P.O. Box 522

Haverford, PA 19041

Last Modified: 02/18/2010 01:53:37

http://www.democratslmn.org/#lowermerion

Phone:

610 649-7200

Mail:

P.O. Box 522

Haverford, PA 19041

email:

info@democratslmn.org

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http://www.lowermerion.org/

Lower Merion

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Commissioners

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The Board of Commissioners of Lower Merion Township

Name Ward Name Ward
Bruce D. Reed, President 13 Steven K. Lindner 4
Jenny Brown, Esq. 2 George T. Manos, AIA 9
Rick Churchill 14 Paul A. McElhaney 3
Jane Dellheim 8 Elizabeth S. Rogan 7
Cheryl B. Gelber, Esq. 5 Philip S. Rosenzweig, Esq. 6
Brian A. Gordon, Esq. 12 Mark Taylor, Vice-President 1
Lewis F. Gould, Jr., Esq. 11 V. Scott Zelov 10

Find out which Commissioner represents you – Who is my Commissioner?

Ward Map in PDF format (3.8MB)
Ward Map in JPEG format (6MB)

For more information, contact Township Secretary, Eileen Trainer at 610-645-6145.

Last updated: 1/5/2010 10:12:05 AM

http://www.lowermerion.org/index.aspx?page=149

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Share Your Thoughts on Education with Top Policy Makers

National Education Association wants to know – maybe they don’t know that a twelve year old was arrested in New York City for doodling on her desk with a washable marker with the same shame and treatment as someone that set the building on fire. Her chances of being a straight A student probably less desirable to her now. That ranks right in there with the spying on people and students in their own homes using the webcams on the laptops loaned out to them for school and then holding those people accountable for things done in their homes and bedrooms and living rooms and dens that the school system judges to be “improper”, whether illegal or immoral or not.
That’s in the same neighborhood with the girl student who was strip searched by the principal because another student accused her of having a tylenol pill which took her from being a normal person with good grades to being a survivor of psychological trauma, shame, humiliation, degradation, and sexual / self-image based trauma. These are the acts of a time in our country when the conservatives have been in control of policies which have made this country into something other than the America intended by our Revolution and Constitutional guarantees of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. – cricketdiane
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Commissioners

Lower Merion Commissioners 2010

Lower Merion Commissioners 2010

The Board of Commissioners of Lower Merion Township

Board of Commissioners

Name Ward Name Ward
Bruce D. Reed, President 13 Steven K. Lindner 4
Jenny Brown, Esq. 2 George T. Manos, AIA 9
Rick Churchill 14 Paul A. McElhaney 3
Jane Dellheim 8 Elizabeth S. Rogan 7
Cheryl B. Gelber, Esq. 5 Philip S. Rosenzweig, Esq. 6
Brian A. Gordon, Esq. 12 Mark Taylor, Vice-President 1
Lewis F. Gould, Jr., Esq. 11 V. Scott Zelov 10

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My Note –
Somebody or some group of many somebodies needs to start contacting these people from the Commissioners of Lower Merion PA to the Republican and Democratic committee members in the county along with the school board members who thought that using the webcam on student’s laptops to look at whatever they damn well pleased within people’s homes is the “American Way”. They are severely misguided and no telling how many other school systems and local communities’ officials around the United States are engaging in the same activities from spying through the webcams where elderly members of the communities are using “their loaner” laptops to scanning through webcams on school children’s and high school students’ laptop loaners across the US.
How long are the citizens of the United States going to sit by and not say a word that makes any difference when it matters?
– cricketdiane
P.S. And if anyone has a “loaner” laptop from the state, community, school system or if any of their children or family members have one – I would suggest finding out what their “security protocols” are where their ability and willingness to spy within people’s homes using those computer webcams has become standard operating procedure. Put a piece of tape over the webcam or folded 3×5 card to stop the camera being used remotely by these _________ (fill in the blank) officials and know that the internet use of these systems are being used as information collected about the student and the family without regard – so keep it in mind.
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Committee People
Ward Penna.

Legislative

District

Person Phone Polling Place Email
01-1 148 Mark Taylor 610.667.3310 Penn Valley School mtaylor@marcusmillichap.com
01-1 148 Position Vacant Penn Valley School
01-2 148 Jeff Rudnick 610.649.5546 Penn Valley School divejeff1010@aol.com
01-2 148 Laura Shell 310.702.1403 Penn Valley School laura_shell1@yahoo.com
01-3 148 Laura Blayney 610.642.2579 St. Christopher’s Church lar1119@hotmail.com
01-3 148 Nancy Weiss 610.527.1795 St. Christopher’s Church cruella928@aol.com
02-1 148 Marc Cohen 610.547.1424 Gladwyne Fire House drcohen@cosmetic-eyes.com
02-1 148 Position Vacant Gladwyne Fire House
02-2 148 Jody Marcell 610.519.1364 Presbyterian Church on Beaumont jmarcell@comcast.net
02-2 148 Position Vacant Presbyterian Church on Beaumont
02-3 194 Phillip Rosenthal 610.667.6838 Oak Hill gerivision@comcast.net
02-3 194 Susan Bolno 610.664.2448 Oak Hill susan.bolno@comcast.net
03-1 194 Julie Levitt 610.664.3990 Belmont Hills Library julie.levitt@verizon.net
03-1 194 Joe McCaffrey 610.668.8736 Belmont Hills Library ox610@hotmail.com
03-2 194 Carole R Dichter 610.664.2833 Welsh Valley Middle School crdnutrition@comcast.net
03-2 194 Zoe Friedberg 610.667.1786 Welsh Valley Middle School zoefri@hotmail.com
03-3 194 Jeff Schwartz 610.664.3215 Belmont Hills Fire Station jschwa123@aol.com
03-3 194 Sophie Socha 610.667.2375 Belmont Hills Fire Station ssocha@rockhillworks.com
04-1 149 Ivan Haskell 610.348.8411 First Baptist Church Ardmore ivanh@rhdkids.org
04-1 149 Aaron Williams 610.724.6916 First Baptist Church Ardmore aaronkw@verizon.net
04-2 149 Steve Lindner 610.642.1433 St Mary’s Church Ardmore sklindner@hotmail.com
04-2 149 Jeri Thompson 610.658.2774 St Mary’s Church Ardmore jerithompson@comcast.net
04-3 149 Position Vacant Ardmore Presbyterian Church
04-3 149 Position Vacant Ardmore Presbyterian Church
05-1 149 Miriam Camitta 610.642.0949 Main Line Reform mpcamitta@aol.com
05-1 149 Teri Simon 610.642.6862 Main Line Reform puffins2@comcast.net
05-2 149 Leora Natan 610.642.3447 All Saints Church leoranatan@mac.com
05-2 149 Rosa J Serota 610.649.9269 All Saints Church serota2@verizon.net
05-3 149 Harry Hannigan 610.896.6454 All Saints Church hhannigan@jmsonline.com
05-3 149 Linda Gruber 610.896.7286 All Saints Church lagruber610@msn.com
06-1 149 Mary Posner 610.527.2274 Ashbridge House idem22@aol.com
06-1 149 Etheldra Templeton 610.527.0119 Ashbridge House etheldrat@pcom.edu
06-2 149 Anne Umbrecht 610.656.3294 Devereux House aumbrecht@aol.com
06-2 149 Nina Rosenthal 610.527.4428 Devereux House nrose23@aol.com
06-3 148 Eva Ray 610.525.9576 Appleford 770 Mt Moro Rd ekr3@cornell.edu
06-3 148 Position Vacant Appleford 770 Mt Moro Rd
07-1 149 Joan Belfer 610.649.4039 Greenhill Condominium joanbelfer@comcast.net
07-1 149 Lorna Carroll 610.649.4983 Greenhill Condominium layele317@yahoo.com
07-2 148 JoAnn Erfer 610.649.1275 Wynnewood Park Apartments joerf@comcast.net
07-2 148 Cynthia DeStefano 610.645.5545 Wynnewood Park Apartments stchels@aol.com
07-3 149 Linda Benson 610.649.4130 Beth Hillel lindarbenson@gmail.com
07-3 149 Lauren Hirsch 610.642.9053 Beth Hillel democrat@hirschfamily.org
08-1 149 Russell Massey 610.658.2719 Torah Academy bejarmassey@comcast.net
08-1 149 Glenn  Rosenblum 610.642.9222 Torah Academy grosenblum@mmwr.com
08-2 149 Annette Sussman 610.645.5498 Armenian Church annettemsussman@comcast.net
08-2 149 Position Vacant Armenian Church
08-3 149 Rick Pasquier 610.642.9084 Armenian Church richard.pasquier@fmc.com
08-3 149 Louise Polis 610.896.5507 Armenian Church careerpropa@aol.com
08-4 149 Carol Shore 610.896.1768 Ardmore Methodist Church c_shore@ix.netcom.com
08-4 149 Nadeem Bezar 610.896.2386 Ardmore Methodist Church nbezar@kolsbygordon.com
09-1 194 Eric Hoffman 610.664.0487 St Matthias Church eeric1@comcast.net
09-1 194 David Dormont 610.668.7995 St Matthias Church ddormont@kcr-law.com
09-2 194 Ben Eisner 610.660.0294 Mary Drexel House beisner@spearwilderman.com
09-2 194 Meryl Gindin 610.664.1866 Mary Drexel House mojo8082@aol.com
09-3 194 Allan Hurt 610.664.6040 Bala Gym allanh918@aol.com
09-3 194 Position Vacant Bala Gym
10-1 149 David Broida 610.645.0837 Church of the Redeemer dbroida@gmail.com
10-1 149 Rebecca Williams 610.724.9041 Church of the Redeemer becwilliams@comcast.net
10-2 149 Leigh Anne Smith 610.527.7117 Bryn Mawr Presbyterian lsmith@yrchlaw.com
10-2 149 Audrey Romasco 215.990.2247 Bryn Mawr Presbyterian a.romasco01@comcast.net
10-3 149 Lisa Liacouras 610.525.6138 Bryn Mawr Community Center liacourasl@aol.com
10-3 149 Hank Wilson 610.525.0643 Bryn Mawr Community Center cwneedlepoint@earthlink.net
11-1 148 Shara Pollie 610.527.8775 Lower Merion Baptist Church sharrun5@aol.com
11-1 148 Jill Kleeman 610.525.2622 Lower Merion Baptist Church jillkleeman@yahoo.com
11-2 149 William Myrtetus 484.885.4209 Bryn Mawr Fire House billmyrt@comcast.net
11-2 149 Position Vacant Bryn Mawr Fire House
11-3 148 Bob Rovner 610.525.7864 Harriton High School monblath@dial-law.com
11-3 148 Naheed Flake 610.526.2822 Harriton High School snfdesign@comcast.net
12-1 148 Esther Hornik 610.667.4970 Merion Tribute House ehornik@comcast.net
12-1 148 Paula Cramer 610.664.0871 Merion Tribute House paulakcramer@verizon.net
12-2 148 Jon Kligerman 610.747.0892 Merion Tribute House jmklig@msn.com
12-2 148 Bill Leopold 610.667.6818 Merion Tribute House goldpold@aol.com
12-3 148 Bruce Eisenberg 610.664.8864 St Joseph’s University bpe1@verizon.net
12-3 148 Susan Schwartz 610.664.4053 St Joseph’s University susansz@pobox.upenn.edu
13-1 148 Gilda Kramer 610.617.3131 Senior Center–Levering Mill gkramer@gildakramer.com
13-1 148 Suzan Greenberg 610.668.2752 Senior Center–Levering Mill suzangreen@comcast.net
13-2 148 Susan Furey 610.664.7522 Bala Cynwyd Middle School sfurey@comcast.net
13-2 148 Casey O’Bannon 610.668.0734 Bala Cynwyd Middle School obanno@msn.com
13-3 194 Richard J  Conn 610.664.1666 Bala Cynwyd Middle School rjconn@ConnLawOffices.com
13-3 194 David Rosenbaum Bala Cynwyd Middle School drosenbaum@rawle.com
14-1 149 Phyllis Rubin 610.649.3969 Penn Wynne School rubinph@verizon.net
14-1 149 Sheryl Chernoff 610.896.6529 Penn Wynne School schernoff@comcast.net
14-2 149 Albert Piccerilli 610.649.6853 Penn Wynne School apiccerilli@mmwr.com
14-2 149 Charles Smolover 610.645.0706 Penn Wynne School smolover@verizon.net
14-3 149 Dana Axelrod 610.649.0520 Penn Wynne Fire House chutneymaven@comcast.net
14-3 149 Alan Tuttle 610.642.3006 Penn Wynne Fire House tuttles@cavtel.net
N-1 148 Christine Boylan 610.667.5594 St Margaret’s School boylan@association-cba.org
N-1 148 Ellie Aspinall St Margaret’s School ebaspinall@verizon.net
N-2 148 Mary Jo Daley 610.667.3983 Borough Hall mj.pauxtis@verizon.net
N-2 148 Angus Love 215.435.6345 Borough Hall alove@pailp.org
N-3 148 Traci Baird 610.668.2132 Borough Hall tracibaird@comcast.net
N-3 148 Joanne Behm 610.664.5502 Borough Hall jbehm@mc3.edu
Democratic Committee of Lower Merion and Narberth

P.O. Box 522

Haverford, PA 19041

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United States Department of Justice – Civil Rights Division

The Civil Rights Division is committed to upholding the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes designed to protect the civil rights of all individuals and prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, and national origin. Established in 1957, the Division has grown in size and scope over the decades, and has been instrumental in many of our nation’s battles to advance civil rights, from the desegregation of our nation’s schools to the prosecution of hate crimes, from ensuring girls and women have equal opportunities in schools and the workplace to guaranteeing that individuals with disabilities can access civil services to which we all have a right.

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Office of the Assistant Attorney General
The Office of the Assistant Attorney General establishes policy and provides executive direction and control over litigative enforcement and administrative management activities in the Division.
Administrative Management Section
In support of the enforcement responsibilities of the Division, the Administrative Management Section provides a diverse array of management and technical services. These services include, but are not limited to, personnel administration, budget formulation and execution, facility services, mail and file operations, and automated systems.
Appellate Section (Apelaciones)
The Appellate Section has primary responsibility for handling civil rights cases in the courts of appeals and, in cooperation with the Solicitor General, in the Supreme Court.
Complaint Adjudication Office
The Complaint Adjudication Office reviews cases provided to it by departmental components or the EEOC alleging employment discrimination by employees of the Department of Justice and renders a final decision for the Department.
Coordination and Review Section
The Coordination and Review Section exercises both programmatic and non-litigation enforcement responsibilities. Under Executive Order 12250, the Section coordinates the enforcement by Federal agencies of various statutes that prohibit discrimination in programs that receive Federal financial assistance. The Section also has authority to investigate certain complaints of discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion against certain recipients of assistance from the Department of Justice.
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The federal criminal civil rights statutes provide for prosecutions of conspiracies to interfere with federally protected rights, deprivation of rights under color of law, the use or threat of force to injure or intimidate someone in their enjoyment of specific rights (such as voting, employment, education, public facilities and accommodations) and criminal housing interference.
Disability Rights Section (Derechos en Razón a Discapacidad)
The Disability Rights Section implements the Department of Justice’s responsibilities under titles I, II, and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment (Title I), in all activities of state and local governments (Title II), in places of public accommodation and in commercial facilities (Title III). The Section’s responsibilities include enforcement, technical assistance activities and certification of building codes. Enforcement responsibilities cover a broad spectrum of potential actions including investigations, informal or formal settlement agreements, consent decrees (approved by a court), and litigation. To promote voluntary compliance with the ADA and to enhance enforcement efforts, the Technical Assistance Program provides free information and technical assistance to businesses,state and local governments, people with disabilities, and the general public. The Section also develops regulations to implement Titles II and III of the ADA, including standards for accessible design, and coordinates Federal enforcement of Title II and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and other Federal statutes that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in programs that receive Federal financial assistance. The Section also operates a pilot project to facilitate the use of mediation to settle ADA disputes.
Educational Opportunities Section (Oportunidades Educativas)
The Educational Opportunities Section enforces federal statutes which prohibit public school officials from engaging in discriminatory practices involving both elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education.
Employment Litigation Section
The Employment Litigation Section enforces against state and local government employers the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, and other federal laws prohibiting employment practices that discriminate on grounds of race, sex, religion, and national origin.
Housing and Civil Enforcement Section (Sección de Vivienda y Cumplimiento de la Ley Civil)
The Housing and Civil Enforcement Section has principal responsibility for enforcing the Fair Housing Act of 1968, as amended, which prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap and familial status. In addition to its enforcement responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act, the Section enforces the Equal Credit Opportunity Act which prohibits discrimination in credit transactions, and Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodations, such as hotels, restaurants and places of entertainment, and Title III of the 1964 Act which prohibits discrimination in public facilities.
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Special Litigation Section
The Special Litigation Section is responsible for protecting the constitutional and federal statutory rights of persons confined in certain institutions owned or operated by state or local governments. These institutions include facilities for individuals who are mentally ill and developmentally disabled, elderly persons in nursing homes, inmates in prisons and jails and juveniles confined in detention halls. The Section also investigates state and local law enforcement agencies alleged to engage in a pattern or practice of violating citizens’ federal rights and may bring civil lawsuits to remedy such abuses. The Section has also been charged with the civil enforcement of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act which prohibits the use of force, threats or physical obstruction to interfere with access to reproductive health services clinics or places of worship.
Voting Section
The Voting Section is responsible for the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, and other statutory provisions designed to safeguard the right to vote of racial and language minorities, disabled and illiterate persons, overseas citizens, persons who change their residence shortly before a Presidential election, and persons 18 to 20 years of age.
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Special Litigation Section
The Special Litigation Section is responsible for protecting the constitutional and federal statutory rights of persons confined in certain institutions owned or operated by state or local governments. These institutions include facilities for individuals who are mentally ill and developmentally disabled, elderly persons in nursing homes, inmates in prisons and jails and juveniles confined in detention halls.

The Section also investigates state and local law enforcement agencies alleged to engage in a pattern or practice of violating citizens’ federal rights and may bring civil lawsuits to remedy such abuses.
The Section has also been charged with the civil enforcement of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act which prohibits the use of force, threats or physical obstruction to interfere with access to reproductive health services clinics or places of worship.
US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Section
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My Note –
USA –  the land where schools, school boards, police, counties, states and local officials perpetrate every last horror utilized by the tyrants and oppressors of past dictatorships from history. Why did my ancestors fight tyranny and spill their blood for this?
– cricketdiane
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