Morning Briefing: Shooting at bowling alley leaves 1 dead; Longwood going all in on expansion; Flyers outdoor game pushed back because of weather

Good Morning. Here are some of the top stories from around the region.

WEATHER

Cold again to start and it’s not going to warm up much today. At least there will be plenty of sun, though. Expect the high to hit about 31 degrees.

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NEWS

Report: 1 dead, 3 injured after shooting Saturday night at bowling alley in East Norriton

Police are investigating a shooting in East Norriton Township with at least three victims. According to reports a shooter opened fire about 7:15 Saturday night at Our Town Bowling Alley on Germantown Pike in East Norriton. According to reports, one person died and three more were injured.

Frustration continue to rise as COVID vaccine supplies lag

Delaware County has been receiving, on average, approximately 1,000 doses of COVID vaccine from the state weekly – a rate that would take more than 10 years to vaccinate every Delco resident. And that was until last week, when Delaware County received no vaccines at all, causing officials to cancel second-dose vaccine appointments that had been scheduled for Saturday. At Wednesday’s county council meeting, both residents and county officials voiced frustration at a process that sees conflicting statements from state and federal officials about vaccine rollout while limited supply trickles its way here, despite the county geared up for mass vaccinations that could provide 10,000 a week – a figure that’s a mirage until vaccine is directed this way.

Longwood Gardens plans $250M expansion and renovation project

Longwood Gardens has announced a $250 million expansion project that will include a new 32,000-square-foot glasshouse West Conservatory, a 3,800-square-foot, custom-built cascade garden, a new bonsai courtyard, a waterlily court, a new public restaurant and private event space, a new administration building, and a transformation of its century-old Orchard House. “It’s a massive project,” said Paul Redman, CEO of Longwood Gardens. “It’s our most complicated project that we have ever embarked upon. It will be a new garden experience like no other.”

Pottstown School District to begin COVID-19 testing of teachers as it eyes return to classes

“Assurance testing” for the COVID-19 virus will begin this week for teachers in the Pottstown School District. The test, also called “antigen testing,” requires a cotton swab inside the nostril and not the “deep dive” into the sinus cavity used in more conventional testing. The results are available in 15 minutes and anyone who tests positive will be isolated and then receive a more conventional PCR test, “which is much more specific,” to confirm the results, said Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez.

LOOKING FOR ‘BIG IDEAS’: West Chester University’s annual Business Idea Competition seeks participants for event’s 9th year

West Chester University’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Center is once again looking for “big ideas” for the 2021 Business Idea Competition. Growing an idea into a full-fledged business takes time, preparation and resources. For the past nine years, West Chester University has hosted its Business Idea Competition to give entrepreneurs a chance to get share their ideas. Sponsored by the Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center, the Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic and The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, the WCU Business Idea Competition promotes creativity and idea generation by recognizing innovative ideas for new products, services, and technology.

SPORTS

McCaffery: For Eagles, Howie Roseman made the right calls with Carson Wentz

It’s right to credit Nick Foles as the winning quarterback in the Super Bowl. It’s more right to argue that the Eagles should have committed more to Foles and less to Wentz in the immediate aftermath. But it’s not right to forget that Wentz helped stake the Eagles to an 11-2 start in 2017-18 before being injured, and that without his MVP-level production there would not have been as smooth a path through that postseason tournament.

Bright sun, poor ice delay Flyers outdoor NHL game at Lake Tahoe

he setting was spectacular but the ice conditions were far from it, leading to a more than eight-hour delay between the first and second period of the outdoor game between the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche at Lake Tahoe. The NHL announced that Sunday’s game between Boston and Philadelphia will be moved back by more than five hours to avoid the bright sunshine that is causing issues for the first game this weekend. The game at Edgewood Tahoe Resort will now start at 4:30 p.m. PST. It had originally been scheduled for a noon local start and then was moved back to 11 a.m. earlier in the week because of the forecast.

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