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 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:05:16 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Aftermath: Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz to be displayed at Berman Museum; exhibition commemorates heroic 9/11 recovery efforts]]> On display at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College from Friday, Sept. 11 through Wednesday, Dec. 23, Aftermath: Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz takes viewers back to the traumatic days, weeks and months that followed the harrowing events of September 11, 2001.

Immediately after the terrorist attacks, the Ground Zero site in New York City was designated an active crime scene and closed off to reporters and photojournalists.

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<![CDATA[LGBTea Dances, Phoenixville YMCA to host inaugural LGBTQA Health Fair]]> "Fall" into health on Oct. 18 when LGBTea Dances is sponsoring its First Annual Phoenixville YMCA LGBTQA Health Fair. The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Phoenixville YMCA, located at 400 East Pothouse Road, Phoenixville.

The Health Fair will be offered free to the LGBTQA and allied community.

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<![CDATA[Think About It: An evening with dear friends]]> "A friendship that can end never really began." - Publius Syrus

When you get together with old friends, time stops. That happened when Larry and Jerilyn, Roger and Ann, Wes and Cheryl and Evie and I met at the Brackett's Crossing Country Club in Lakeville, Minnesota for dinner.

It all started a few weeks earlier when Jerilyn sent me an email asking us if we might be in Minnesota sometime in July to visit our family.

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:02:53 -0400 20150901140253 2015-09-01T14:02:53-04:00 2015-09-01T14:02:53-04:00
<![CDATA[THE TABLE: An All-American Labor Day brunch, plus an iced coffee hack that packs an extra caffeine punch]]> Welcome to THE TABLE. Each week we will take a look at foods and backgrounds of different cultures, heritages, states and regions and what they have to offer.

With Labor Day just around the corner, I have for you a brunch to celebrate a laid back time with family and friends. A brunch usually starts late in the morning and can be served until whenever you want.

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<![CDATA[Spay and Save: Adoptable pets of the week]]> Scooter (dog)

Scooter is a two-year-old pit bull/boxer mix. He is a very sweet, energetic boy who thinks he is a lap dog. Scooter is good with all sizes of dogs and loves to play ball. He can't wait to join his forever home.

Please visit our website at to see all the dogs we have available for adoption, call 610-269-9714 or email spayandsavedogs@comcast.

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:35:11 -0400 20150901133511 2015-09-01T13:35:11-04:00 2015-09-01T13:35:11-04:00
<![CDATA[Art & Antiques: Dumpster or No Dumpster, Back to School Edition]]> Dumpster or No Dumpster™ is now a familiar game that many play during my TV appearances, at my antiques appraisal events and via social media on After developing the game, I play it with folks as a fun way to help guide them through the process of figuring out what to trash and what's worth cash!

When faced with the decision about which items to pitch from a pile of school stuff, which items would you toss? Get ready to choose.

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:15:27 -0400 20150901131527 2015-09-01T13:15:27-04:00 2015-09-01T13:15:27-04:00
<![CDATA[Montgomery County teens beat international competitors with auto 'wrap' design]]> COLLEGEVILLE >> When two Montgomery County teenagers entered a worldwide Instagram competition a week late, they never expected to win. Nick Szlavik, 14, of Harleysville, and Anthony DiGiovanni 18, of Collegeville, submitted a design for a Lamborghini wrap ― a covering that sticks onto a car to protect its paint ― to Team Salamone, which participates in luxury car rallies that raise money for charities.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:19:04 -0400 20150828111904 2015-08-28T11:19:04-04:00 2015-08-28T11:19:04-04:00
<![CDATA[Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area presents 'Barn and Vine: The Lost Path to Rural Phoenixville']]> PHOENIXVILLE >> The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area presents its next special exhibit, titled "Barn and Vine: The Lost Path to Rural Phoenixville."

The exhibit will open on Sept. 4, 2015, the First Friday of the month. It will feature antiques and artifacts, and the photography of Tara Tayan.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:36:33 -0400 20150828103633 2015-08-28T10:36:33-04:00 2015-08-28T10:36:33-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville mayor dissolves meeting after tie vote]]> Phoenixville >> Faith in old ways versus new ways led to a tie-breaking vote in Phoenixville. The old ways won.

Phoenixville Mayor Michael Speck voted to abandon the monthly borough council-of-the-whole-meeting held on the last Tuesday of the month at Tuesday's meeting.

Council members Jon Ichter II, Jeremy Dalton, Shai Perednik and Christopher Bauers dissented.

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<![CDATA[Spring-Ford School Board to lead Sept. 21 march on Harrisburg]]> Royersford >> With support coming from across the state, the Spring-Ford Area School Board will lead a march on Harrisburg next month.

At the Aug. 17 meeting, board member Joe Ciresi called for the march on the state capitol after venting his frustration with the lawmakers inability to pass a budget.

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<![CDATA[Spring-Ford School Board may kill per-capita tax]]> Royersford >> Upper Providence Township Tax Collector Julie Mullin wasted no time Monday night informing the Spring-Ford Area School Board that it has a tax collection problem.

Thousands of per-capita tax bills have yet to be sent to residents from tax administrator Berkheimer this year and the deadline for taxpayers to receive a discount is Aug.

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<![CDATA[Chesco seeks to recover 9-1-1 fees]]> WEST CHESTER>> The Chester County commissioners are poised to take a step that could eventually see the recovery of millions of dollars that would have been used to support the county's 9-1-1 emergency calling system.

The board is scheduled to vote on a resolution to get a Philadelphia law firm, Dilworth Paxson, and an Alabama-based telecommunications auditing firm, Phone Recovery Services, to undertake a legal review and forensic audit to determine if telephone companies providing service in the county have failed to bill, collect and remit the proper 9-1-1 charges that help fund 9-1-1 operations.

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:43:36 -0400 20150824094336 2015-08-24T09:43:36-04:00 2015-08-24T09:43:36-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville residents voice concerns over proposed school]]> Phoenixville >> Residents in the Phoenixville Area School District came out to voice their concerns over proposed additional projects to the incoming Early Learning Center and Elementary School.

As the Sept. 3 decision date rapidly approaches to approve bids for the school, those in attendance for Thursday's school board meeting said they opposed the installation of three turf fields and supported the installation of a geothermal heating system.

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:06:34 -0400 20150824090634 2015-08-24T09:06:34-04:00 2015-08-24T09:06:34-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville neighbors clash with church over property]]> Phoenixville >> All religions have their mysteries, but recent actions taken by Holy Trinity Church have left neighbors scratching their heads.

For nearly 60 years, Joseph J. Natale, 82, and his neighbor, Virginia Vinson, 71, have enjoyed an amicable relationship living next to the Roman Catholic church (part of St.

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:46:32 -0400 20150824162333 2015-08-21T10:46:32-04:00 2015-08-24T16:23:33-04:00
<![CDATA[Prison time mounts for man involved in multi-county theft spree]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Delaware man who was captured during a high-speed pursuit in Chester County in January saw his state prison time mount in connection with a multi-county, retail theft crime spree that targeted drug stores.

Elijah Beckham, 29, of Middletown, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to one to six years in state prison in connection with his participation in a string of retail thefts in Montgomery County, including Lansdale and Conshohocken boroughs, and Upper Gwynedd, Abington, Whitpain, Lower Merion and Montgomery townships.

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:26:25 -0400 20150821122625 2015-08-21T12:26:25-04:00 2015-08-21T12:26:25-04:00