RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: website: all stories The Phoenix Reporter and Item Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:37:06 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Valley Forge Casino's slot revenue is up over last year]]> UPPER MERION >> Valley Forge Casino Resort's slot machines saw a bigger upsurge last year than any other casino that isn't near an ocean, beach or boardwalk.

With a business model that may actually be closer to Atlantic City's vision of a multi-dimensional entertainment complex than any of its Keystone competition, Valley Forge Casino Resort was the only casino in Pennsylvania that saw an increase in slot revenue in 2014 -- up more than $10 million over the previous year -- according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

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<![CDATA[Upper Providence OKs zoning changes for Valley Forge Baptist Temple properties]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> By a 2-0 vote, the township supervisors on Tuesday adopted an ordinance to reclassify the zoning of three adjacent parcels.

Supervisors' Chairwoman Lisa Mossie and Supervisor John Pearson voted in favor of the ordinance. Board Vice Chairman Phil Barker was absent.

Attorney Steve English conducted the zoning ordinance hearing where Valley Forge Baptist Temple requested that its 1376 and 1380 Black Rock Road properties be added to the township's Institutional Overlay District, in addition to the neighboring 1382 Black Road property owned by church member Nansi Heidorn.

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:00:39 -0500 2015-01-23T12:00:39-05:00 2015-01-23T12:00:39-05:00
<![CDATA[Kane grand jury wants to narrow Pa. journalist Shield Law]]> NORRISTOWN >> The statewide grand jury that investigated alleged leaks of grand jury information by Attorney General Kathleen Kane is asking state legislators to narrow the Pennsylvania Shield Law that presently protect journalists from revealing confidential sources.

Special Prosecutor Thomas Carluccio dropped off the grand jury's report to members of the press at the Montgomery County Court House Thursday, although he declined to comment on it.

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:00:30 -0500 2015-01-23T12:00:30-05:00 2015-01-23T12:00:30-05:00
<![CDATA[Rafferty bill to extend ignition interlock devices clears Senate panel]]> HARRISBURG >> The Senate Transportation Committee has approved legislation intended to reduce drunk driving offenses by making ignition interlock requirements mandatory for certain first-time offenders with high blood alcohol levels, while at the same time reducing suspension requirements in certain lesser cases.

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:00:25 -0500 2015-01-23T12:00:25-05:00 2015-01-23T12:00:25-05:00
<![CDATA[RSVP of Montgomery County's Help on Call program makes aging easier]]> Getting old isn't for sissies! Aging can be extremely difficult. Health becomes a major factor in living a good life well after retirement, as does financial stability.

A little support and help from friends and family become paramount as we often lose our mobility and ability to drive and without that freedom and flexibility, our independence is gone.

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:57:53 -0500 2015-01-23T10:57:53-05:00 2015-01-23T10:57:53-05:00
<![CDATA[Early-morning crash in Upper Providence leaves one dead]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> A one-vehicle crash on South Lewis Road early Thursday morning left one person dead after the vehicle struck a tree, police said.

Upper Providence Police responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash at approximately 1:37 a.m. on South Lewis Road between Canci Court and Borough Line Road.

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:04:03 -0500 2015-01-22T22:04:03-05:00 2015-01-22T22:04:03-05:00
<![CDATA[On Inauguration Day, campaign rhetoric meets governing reality for Wolf]]> We congratulate Tom Wolf on becoming Governor of Pennsylvania. Today is the day where campaign rhetoric meets governing reality -- simple math will challenge the unaffordable promises that Governor Wolf made on the campaign trail. Gov. Wolf will face the reality that you can grow the government or you can grow the economy, but you can't grow both.

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:14:51 -0500 2015-01-22T15:14:51-05:00 2015-01-22T15:14:51-05:00
<![CDATA[Keystone Pipeline: Foreign profits, American risk]]> Media coverage of the Keystone XL pipeline is coalescing around a single narrative. It goes like this: environmentalists oppose the pipeline because of climate change concerns, and U.S. construction companies support the pipeline because it creates jobs.

Environmentalists warn that tar sands crude oil has three times the global warming potential of conventional crude.

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:14:47 -0500 2015-01-22T15:14:47-05:00 2015-01-22T15:14:47-05:00
<![CDATA[Eagle Scout project brings renovations to SFAHS museum]]> ROYERSFORD >> The Spring-Ford Area Historical Society has Aidan DePietropaolo to thank for getting some much needed renovations at the society's museum recently.

In planning his Eagle Scout project, DePietropaolo decided to use the opportunity to help out the society.

In early October, Aidan and his father, Joseph, met with William Brunner, president of the Spring-Ford Area Historical Society, and Joe Forrest Jr.

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<![CDATA[Calendar of Events]]> Ongoing

Annual Prom Dress Boutique: Spring-Ford Students Need an Alternate Party (SNAP) invites the Spring-Ford community to shop their annual Prom Dress Boutique at Spring-Ford Area High School. These lightly worn formal and semi-formal dresses are perfect for any winter or spring dance. Fitting rooms and seamstresses will be available to assist with accurate fit for each customer.

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:02:34 -0500 2015-01-22T13:02:34-05:00 2015-01-22T13:02:34-05:00
<![CDATA[Two Republicans announce bids for Montgomery County commissioner]]> NORRISTOWN >> Two Republicans have announced their intent to seek the county Republican Committee's endorsement for county commissioner.

Former Montgomery County Commissioner Thomas Ellis, who was elected in 2003 and served to 2007, announced last week that he will once again seek the job of the county's legislative and executive arm.

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:12:48 -0500 2015-01-22T12:12:48-05:00 2015-01-22T12:12:48-05:00
<![CDATA[Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board invites visitors to 'Make it Montco']]> UPPER MERION >> There's a lot more to do in Montgomery County in late winter than ride out the frigid days waiting for the first daffodils to sprout up and for Heart to hit the newly revived Valley Forge Casino Resort Music Fair in May.

From shopping at an offbeat boutique to heading for the ski slopes in Spring Mount to sharing a velvety tiramisu with your valentine at a fancy Italian restaurant, the possibilities are endless when you "Make it Montco.

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:50:54 -0500 2015-01-22T11:50:54-05:00 2015-01-22T11:50:54-05:00 UTUBEVIDEO
<![CDATA[TeamChildren volunteers get to work on MLK Day]]> Audubon-based non-profit TeamChildren, whose mission is to close the digital divide, hosted volunteers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday to help prepare computers for families that need them. The organization refurbishes old computers to give to families who need one but cannot afford it.

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:55:19 -0500 2015-01-22T09:55:19-05:00 2015-01-22T09:55:19-05:00
<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Bethel Baptist holds annual MLK tribute]]> The Dream Lives On: Phoenixville's Bethel Baptist Church held its annual service remembering Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, with guest speaker Minister Janis Ruise of Memorial Church of God in Christ and performances from The Inspirational Choir.

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<![CDATA[Skippack man jailed for arson at unoccupied residence]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Skippack man is headed to jail after he admitted to setting fire to an unoccupied property in the township, causing more than $125,000 in damage.

Shawn Michael Kirkpatrick Jr., 18, who listed addresses in the 700 block of Collegeville Road in Skippack and the 1200 block of Gravel Pike in Zieglerville, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 11½ to 23 months in the county jail, to be followed by seven years' probation, after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of arson endangering property in connection with the June 16, 2014, blaze.

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:58:09 -0500 2015-01-21T13:58:09-05:00 2015-01-21T13:58:09-05:00