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 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:21:20 -0500 60 <![CDATA[Phoenixville Kiwanis seek applicants for Youth Service Award]]> The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville is seeking applicants for their Youth Service Award. This award, which has a value of $1,000, is presented annually to an organization which has furthered the educational, financial or physical advancement of youth under the age of 18 within the Phoenixville area. The award will be presented at the Annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner to be held on Wednesday, March 18.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:05:04 -0500 2015-02-26T13:05:04-05:00 2015-02-26T13:05:04-05:00
<![CDATA[Parties endorse candidates for Chester County primaries]]> WEST CHESTER >> The two major political parties in Chester County endorsed slates of candidates to run for countywide offices in the May primary, but they may find that at least one open seat will see a primary fight.

Magisterial District Judge Daniel Maisano of Kennett Square said Friday that he intends to cross-file nominating petitions for the position of Common Pleas Court judge on both the Democratic and Republican ballots, saying the he had both the professional qualifications and proven electoral success to win the seat in November.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:29:12 -0500 2015-02-26T11:29:12-05:00 2015-02-26T11:29:12-05:00
<![CDATA[Six firefighters hurt battling $1M Charlestown blaze]]> CHARLESTOWN >> Six firefighters were injured Sunday night while battling a 2-alarm house fire in the first block of Highland Hills Road.

Three of the injured firefighters were transported by ambulance to nearby hospitals, according to Kimberton Fire Company Deputy Chief Chuck Fields. One of the firefighters remained in the hospital Monday while awaiting surgery to repair multiple fractures in his lower leg and ankle, Fields said.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:00:30 -0500 2015-02-26T11:00:30-05:00 2015-02-26T11:00:30-05:00
<![CDATA[2 Pottstown-area women admit roles in bad check scheme at Limerick bank]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Pottstown woman and a Douglass (Mont.) woman, two of four women accused of being involved in a bad check scheme at a Limerick bank, face probation for participating in the scheme.

Amanda Flaherty, 29, of the 2500 block of Willow Brook Lane, Pottstown, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to four years' probation after she pleaded guilty to charges of theft by deception, bad checks and conspiracy to commit receiving stolen property in connection with incidents that occurred in April 2014 at the TD Bank branch on South Township Line Road in Limerick.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:46:01 -0500 2015-02-26T10:46:01-05:00 2015-02-26T10:46:01-05:00
<![CDATA[Spring-Ford Area School Board approves $10K donation to SNAP post-prom party]]> ROYERSFORD >> Parents of Spring-Ford Area High School students can rest easy knowing their son or daughter will be safe after prom this year.

The school-sponsored after-party will be held once again thanks to some needed help from the school board.

The Spring-Ford Area School Board unanimously approved a one-time $10,000 donation to the Students Need an Alternate Party, or SNAP, committee during Monday night's meeting.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:45:00 -0500 2015-02-26T10:45:00-05:00 2015-02-26T10:45:00-05:00
<![CDATA[Valve leak shuts down Limerick nuclear plant]]> LIMERICK >> One of the two reactors at Exelon Nuclear's Limerick Generating Station shut down abruptly before 10 p.m. Monday night due to a problem with a steam valve, officials said.

Called a "hot shut-down," the reactor for Unit 1 was "automatically shut down at about 9:40 p.m.," according to statement released by Exelon Tuesday morning.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:24:03 -0500 2015-02-26T10:24:03-05:00 2015-02-26T10:24:03-05:00
<![CDATA[Royersford man arrested in National Penn Bank robbery]]> ROYERSFORD >> Police have announced the name of the man who was arrested Tuesday in the robbery of a Royersford bank.

Anthony Lorino, 59, of Royersford was arrested after police responded to a report of a robbery in progress at National Penn Bank on Main Street, police said.

At around 10 a.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:22:43 -0500 2015-02-26T10:22:43-05:00 2015-02-26T10:22:43-05:00
<![CDATA[Kimberton pot grower gets county prison sentence]]> WEST CHESTER >> In hindsight, Marc Ferrara would probably agree that he should have just tipped the fellow who helped him out.

Instead, the way in which Ferrara repaid the young man's kindness wound up leading -- indirectly but no less finally -- to his arrest, conviction and current incarceration at Chester County Prison for drug dealing.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:21:02 -0500 2015-02-26T10:21:02-05:00 2015-02-26T10:21:02-05:00
<![CDATA[Community Reinvestment Act can boost energy efficiency, funding for low-income schools]]> One in five Americans spends his or her days in our nation's 140,000 K-12 schools. Those schools spend close to $8 billion a year on energy costs, the second-largest line item in a school budget after personnel costs.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 25 percent of the energy used in schools is wasted.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:11:41 -0500 2015-02-25T12:11:41-05:00 2015-02-25T12:11:41-05:00
<![CDATA[Pets of the Week]]> Bertie and Whimsey (cats)

We are Bertie and Whimsey and are looking for a kind, loving family to help us. Our dear owner recently traveled to the U.K. for a visit home when she took ill and is now unable to return to the U.S. We miss her so much. We have been with her since we were little kittens and are hoping to find another sweet, caring family to be with.

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<![CDATA[State House aims at decriminalizing out-of-state liquor purchases]]> HARRISBURG >> As the state House this week once again takes up the battle over liquor privatization, several Delco lawmakers are pushing for a more immediate cure.

They are pushing legislation to decriminalize out-of-state alcohol purchases. The proposed law would allow residents to bring home wine, beer and liquor purchased outside of Pennsylvania without facing legal ramifications.

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:42:26 -0500 2015-02-24T10:42:26-05:00 2015-02-24T10:42:26-05:00
<![CDATA[State House poised to vote on liquor privatization legislation]]> HARRISBURG >> Delaware County political leaders remain divided on GOP-backed liquor privatization legislation as the legislation kick-starts its way back to the House this week.

House Liquor Control Committee Republicans outnumbered committee Democrats Monday pushing the liquor privatization legislation onto the House by a 15-10 vote.

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:35:42 -0500 2015-02-24T10:35:42-05:00 2015-02-24T10:35:42-05:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville residents question New Early Learning Center and Elementary School plans]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Residents got an in-depth look at the New Early Learning Center and Elementary School Thursday night.

The Phoenixville Area School Board held an Act 34 hearing to discuss the new school and allow the public a chance to ask questions and provide feedback.

"It's truly a public hearing," board President Daniel Cushing said.

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:33:36 -0500 2015-02-23T13:33:36-05:00 2015-02-23T13:33:36-05:00
<![CDATA[Group of Good Samaritans save man from heart attack in East Pikeland]]> EAST PIKELAND >> "I should be dead. I really should be. If it hadn't been for some remarkable circumstances..."

That was how Gary Moyer of Phoenixville summed up the day his life was saved by a group of strangers back in December.

On Dec. 8, 2014, at around 1 p.m., police responded to a report of a man slumped over his steering wheel at the intersection of Pothouse Road and Route 113 in East Pikeland Township.

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:17:42 -0500 2015-02-23T13:17:42-05:00 2015-02-23T13:17:42-05:00
<![CDATA[Montgomery County commissioners pass resolution seeking 911 funding reform]]> NORRISTOWN >> The Montgomery County commissioners passed a resolution Thursday showing solidarity with other counties seeking reform for the state's 911 funding system.

"Before you is a resolution in support of reforms to statutes regarding the 911 emergency communication systems," Uri Monson, the county's chief financial officer, said.

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:07:51 -0500 2015-02-23T13:07:51-05:00 2015-02-23T13:07:51-05:00