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 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 05:17:25 -0500 60 <![CDATA['Creed' gives the 'Rocky' legacy new life]]> "Creed" director Ryan Coogler never imagined setting his long-in-the-works "Rocky" spin-off anywhere but Philadelphia, the location of the original "Rocky" movie and all five of its sequels.

But, for the first time since Sylvester Stallone ran up the Art Museum steps, the City of Brotherly Love is more than just a backdrop to the action.

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<![CDATA[New on DVD: 'Man From U.N.C.L.E,' based on the '60s TV series, delivers lots of fun]]>

Director Guy Ritchie takes a refreshingly old-school approach to "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." (2015, Warner, PG-13, $30), offering up an actioner powered less by digital trickery than by the chemistry between stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as rival spies Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin, respectively.

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 02:00:00 -0500 20151128074901 2015-11-27T02:00:00-05:00 2015-11-28T07:49:01-05:00
<![CDATA[Warning lights on Limerick nuke plant towers out for days]]> LIMERICK >> The blinking aviation warning lights atop the two massive cooling towers at the Limerick nuclear plant have been out of operation for two weeks and there is no information about when they will be back on.

Dana Melia, the communications manager for the Exelon Nuclear power station, confirmed in a Nov.

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<![CDATA[Three new prosecutors join Chester County DA's office]]> WEST CHESTER >> Three new prosecutors have been added to the staff of the Chester County District Attorney's Office, filling vacancies created by recent departures from the office.

The new assistant district attorneys are Matthew Finley, Caitlin Rice, and Samantha Ryan. They were sworn in before Chester County Common Pleas Judge Mark L.

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<![CDATA[Upper Providence to demolish apartment building to improve congested intersection]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> With the eminent domain acquisition of a Mont Clare apartment building, the township has paved the way to improving a congested traffic intersection.

Called a "friendly condemnation," the supervisors unanimously agreed on Nov. 16 to purchase the 135 Bridge St. property using budgeted and grant funds.

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<![CDATA[Concerns raised about pedestrian crosswalk safety on Egypt Road]]> UPPER PROVIDENCE >> A resident asked the township supervisors to look into safety issues at a pedestrian crosswalk on Egypt Road.

Hanover Road resident Richard Bergeman spoke on behalf of his active 55-plus community neighbors at the Nov. 19 meeting.

Bergeman, a member of the Regency at Providence Homeowner Association, has been in contact with Assistant Township Manager Lee Milligan regarding a dangerous Egypt Road pedestrian crosswalk used by Bergeman's neighbors.

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<![CDATA[Schools decry giving voters a say on future tax hikes]]> A possible provision in the pending state budget deal that would require any future local school tax hike to be approved by voters has raised a flurry of protest among school advocates and officials.

Locally, the subject is arising at school board meetings as administrators contemplate and describe what they say would be a disaster for school budgets and school programs.

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<![CDATA[Spring-Ford busing issue tied Pa. budget impasse]]> Royersford >> A year-long transportation issue in the Spring-Ford Area School District came to the forefront of discussion Monday night and it has ties to the state budget impasse.

Eight concerned parents from the Rivercrest Homeowners Association stood before the school board to persuade it to update its transportation policy in order to allow school buses to enter the community.

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<![CDATA[Local food pantries desperate for donations]]> Thanksgiving may be a time to settle down with loved ones, pass around the turkey and be grateful for the good things in life. But it's also a time to think of the needs of others, including those less fortunate in the community.

In the Pottstown tri-county area, three food pantries say they are in desperate need of donations in order to make it through the holiday season and beyond.

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<![CDATA[Phoenixville School Board OKs $2.1M bid for a new storage facility]]> Phoenixville >> The school district is gearing up for more construction coming this spring.

The school board approved a bid award of $2.177 million to Murray Construction Associates for general contractor construction work on a new storage building on campus Nov. 19. The 20,000 square foot space will be used to store paper and custodial supplies, among other things.

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<![CDATA[THE TABLE - Budapest, Hungary: Hot springs, underground cities, Hungarian cuisine]]> Budapest is the largest city in Hungary, which is located in Eastern Europe. Unification in 1873 joined three cities, Buda and Obuda on the west bank and Pest on the east bank of the Danube River, to become Budapest. It is a beautiful city whose architectural features reflect back centuries.

The Hungarians/Magyars arrived in this territory in the ninth century.

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<![CDATA[Spring-Ford Area High School makes 6th annual AP District Honor Roll]]> Spring-Ford Area School District was recognized as one of 425 districts across the U.S. and Canada in the 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll. The Honor Roll honors districts that have increased access to Advanced Placement (AP)® course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on AP Exams.

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:41:27 -0500 20151125114127 2015-11-25T11:41:27-05:00 2015-11-25T11:41:27-05:00
<![CDATA[SVRDC presents 43rd production of The Nutcracker]]> The Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company will present two live performances of The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Phoenixville Area Middle School Theater.

"You don't have to go all the way to Philadelphia to see the holiday classic The Nutcracker," said SVRDC Artistic Director Brittany Flaherty Ryan.

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<![CDATA[Kimberton Whole Foods joins food bank in providing 3,000 Thanksgiving meals]]> Kimberton Whole Foods, along with their generous customers, has made a donation to Chester County Food Bank to complete Thanksgiving meals for families in need in the local community. KWF matched its customer's donations of organic gravy and stuffing mix for 3,000 meals being distributed this week in Chester County.

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:11:12 -0500 20151125111112 2015-11-25T11:11:12-05:00 2015-11-25T11:11:12-05:00
<![CDATA[Chesco Pops presents second annual 'Holiday Pops' concert]]> Come celebrate the holidays with the Chester County Pops Orchestra, State Representative Chris Ross and the Chester County Food Bank! The Chesco Pops will present its second annual public holiday concert at Unionville High School, 750 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, on Friday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. (inclement weather date is Dec.

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