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, 23 Sep 2014 18:27:16 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Take a walk in the shoes of minimum wage workers]]> I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today.

The minimum wage buys fewer necessities now than it did when I needed it to survive. And as a successful capitalist, it pains me to see that the American Dream, which so inspired me, is increasingly out of reach.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:08:16 -0400 2014-09-23T17:08:16-04:00 2014-09-23T17:08:17-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Books That Shaped My Life]]> "Reading one book is like eating one potato chip."

Diane Duane

If I could tell Thomas Jefferson something, I would probably let him know that I understand what he meant when he said, "I cannot live without books." Jane Smiley knew something about me also when she said, "Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:57:03 -0400 2014-09-23T16:57:03-04:00 2014-09-23T16:57:06-04:00
<![CDATA[O'Leary, Hunsicker among Montco Hall of Famers]]>

Two local sports figures are among the 12 inductees for the Montgomery County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame this year.

Amanda (Moore) O'Leary, from Spring-Ford High School, and Gerry Hunsicker, a native of Collegeville, are among the inductees. O'Leary, also well-known by her nickname "Mandee," was an All-American player at Temple University in field hockey and lacrosse.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:50:07 -0400 2014-09-23T15:50:07-04:00 2014-09-23T15:50:09-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville PAL Youth Wrestling slates registration]]> Registration for the 2014-15 Phoenixville Area Police Athletic League (PAL) Youth Wrestling program has been scheduled for all youngsters ages K to 8.

This is the 31st year of the program for the Phantoms, who will be competing in the Inter-County Wrestling League.

The team practices multiple nights each week starting the week of Nov.

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:08:55 -0400 2014-09-22T11:08:55-04:00 2014-09-22T11:08:57-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville's Meadow Brook Golf Club to shut down per court order]]> PHOENIXVILLE - As of the end of the business day Friday, the Meadow Brook Golf Club property can officially be occupied by the Phoenixville Area School District.

Chester County Common Pleas Court Judge Jaqueline Carroll Cody ruled in mid-August against legal challenges from the CY Group, which owns half of the golf club, making Friday the last day of business operations on the golf course, according to Phoenixville Area School Board President Joshua Gould.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:33:46 -0400 2014-09-19T20:33:46-04:00 2014-09-19T20:33:48-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville cellist with musical legacy set to release folk rock collaboration]]> Phoenixville's arts and music scene continues to thrive as native Michael Ronstadt, along with his musical partner Aaron Nathans, get ready to release their new album, "Crooked Fiddle," on Oct. 10. The duo will embark on an East Coast tour to promote their first collaborative effort.

Ronstadt, a fulltime musician and cello virtuoso, hails from a musical family.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:21:29 -0400 2014-09-19T20:21:29-04:00 2014-09-19T20:21:33-04:00
<![CDATA[Spring City Library holds grand opening of new building]]> The Spring City Public Library staff celebrated the grand opening of their new home Sept. 14 with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by community members and special guests who included several area officials.

The staff have been settled in at the new building since construction finished ahead of schedule in June.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:16:21 -0400 2014-09-19T19:16:21-04:00 2014-09-19T19:16:31-04:00
<![CDATA[Royersford cancer survivor rides to help others conquer the illness]]> A Royersford resident fought a tough battle against cancer, and won. She is now going to give back to the doctors who helped to save her life.

Deborah Pannebaker will be participating in the 2014 Ride to Conquer Cancer this October. The proceeds will benefit Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:24:16 -0400 2014-09-19T16:24:16-04:00 2014-09-19T16:24:18-04:00
<![CDATA[New Name, Same Mission: University of Valley Forge celebrates name change]]> As of Tuesday, Valley Forge Christian College has officially changed its name to the University of Valley Forge (UVF). The Pennsylvania Department of Education (DOE) approved the name change on Aug. 27, but state processes appointed the formal recognition date as Sept. 16.

President Don Meyer, Ph.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:24:10 -0400 2014-09-19T16:24:10-04:00 2014-09-19T16:24:13-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville mayor explains veto of parking rules]]> On Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at the regularly scheduled borough council meeting, the council voted to approve an ordinance amending chapter 15 "Motor Vehicles and Traffic, part 4, General Parking Regulations, Section 15-406 Handicapped Parking Zones, and Section 15-411, Parking Prohibited on Portions of Certain Highways During Street Sweeping Hours from March 1 to December 31," of the Code of Ordinances of the Borough of Phoenixville.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:59:23 -0400 2014-09-19T12:59:23-04:00 2014-09-19T12:59:25-04:00
<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Rice - the main staple in cooking around the world]]> RICE - Is the main staple in cooking around the world.

There are an estimated 40,000 varieties of rice. Brown rice is considered the most nutritional of all. It has the ability to reduce the amount of cholesterol produced by the body, though we often forget that our body needs some cholesterol every day.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:55:36 -0400 2014-09-19T12:55:36-04:00 2014-09-19T12:55:41-04:00
<![CDATA[PSEA must restore rights of religious objectors]]> Jane Ladley knew in high school that she had a passion to help children learn to read. Her passion turned into her profession, and for 25 years Jane taught in Pennsylvania public schools, working with children with learning and behavioral difficulties. Jane, a Chester County resident, explains, "To see the light bulb go on and see them be able to read - it's just really thrilling.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:20:46 -0400 2014-09-19T11:20:46-04:00 2014-09-19T11:20:48-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Life Lessons from Thomas Jefferson]]> "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

Thomas Jefferson

As a powerful advocate of liberty, Thomas Jefferson was the principle author of the Declaration of Independence. As the third President of the United States (1801-1809), he was a pioneer for freedom of conscience and the right to live a happy, fulfilled life.

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:46:59 -0400 2014-09-18T12:46:59-04:00 2014-09-18T12:47:01-04:00
<![CDATA[PMYC begins 59th season]]>

CHARLESTOWN - Phoenixville Marian Youth Club (PMYC) began its 59th season of operation with two Little Brothers football games Sept. 14 at Charlestown Park.

This season's program is dedicated to Gert Dawson, former longtime head of the refreshment stand and treasurer of the organization.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:56:57 -0400 2014-09-17T10:56:57-04:00 2014-09-18T21:50:49-04:00
<![CDATA[Police ID man electrocuted after apparent attempt to steal copper wiring]]> UPPER MERION - Police have identified 41-year-old Marc A. Tuoni of Norristown as the man who was electrocuted in an apparent attempt to steal copper wiring from a 4,100-volt electrical junction box on the front lawn of Kennedy Supplee Mansion in Valley Forge Park Saturday morning.

Tuoni was discovered by police shortly after 4 a.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:26:29 -0400 2014-09-16T14:26:29-04:00 2014-09-16T14:26:31-04:00