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 06:11:17 -0500 60 <![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.

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<![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
<![CDATA[Attorney General Kathleen Kane launches website to dispute claims against her]]> NORRISTOWN >> The very public battle between state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a special prosecutor from Montgomery County and a Montgomery County judge has been taken to a website the attorney general hopes will help the public fact-check the claims against her.

On Friday, Kane launched <![CDATA[Ex-Collegeville insurance agent charged with fleecing elderly clients]]> COLLEGEVILLE >> A former Collegeville insurance agent has been arrested by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office and accused of fleecing elderly clients of more than $200,000 through "a criminal scheme known as churning."

Richard Piccinini Jr., 42, now lives on Friendship Road in Drexel Hill, Delaware County.

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:50:20 -0500 2015-02-23T10:50:20-05:00 2015-02-23T10:50:20-05:00
<![CDATA[Spring City man admits to drug-fueled Limerick crash that injured other driver]]> NORRISTOWN >> A Spring City man has admitted he was driving under the influence of drugs at the time he was involved in a two-vehicle crash in Limerick that seriously injured the other driver.

Jarred M. Troutman, 39, of the 300 block of Quarry Road, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to charges of aggravated assault by a vehicle while driving under the influence of controlled substances and driving under the influence of controlled substances in connection with the 2:11 p.

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:33:24 -0500 2015-02-23T10:33:24-05:00 2015-02-23T10:33:24-05:00
<![CDATA[Pa. government should do less so we can do more]]> Prosperity or ruin? In theory, it's a simple choice with an obvious answer. But in practice, complicating factors make the decision anything but easy.

In the political world, appeasing special interests with new programs and promises of more government spending is often an easier choice than spending responsibly.

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:49:14 -0500 2015-02-20T10:49:14-05:00 2015-02-20T10:49:14-05:00
<![CDATA[Wolf's so-called 'moratorium' on death penalty holds no water in Pa. courts]]> Governor Wolf did not impose a "moratorium" on Pennsylvania's death penalty.

He has no such authority and he knows that. The Governor was properly advised by Judge Timothy K. Lewis, former U.S. Court of Appeals Judge, that there exists no authority in the Office of Pennsylvania Governor to declare a moratorium or suspend the death penalty.

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:49:07 -0500 2015-02-20T10:49:07-05:00 2015-02-20T10:49:07-05:00
<![CDATA[Education Foundation adds 'Wine Pull,' exciting new auction items to annual gala]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> It's that time of year again when you can have a nice dinner, bid on some fancy prizes and support Phoenixville schools, all at the same time.

The Phoenixville Community Education Foundation (PCEF) is getting ready to host its annual fundraiser dinner and auction at Rivercrest Golf Club on Friday, Feb.

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:48:44 -0500 2015-02-20T10:48:44-05:00 2015-02-20T10:48:44-05:00
<![CDATA[Phillies fans scoop up tickets on first day of individual game sales]]> Despite dire prospects for the upcoming Phillies season and sub-zero wind chills, Tom O'Neill never considered passing on his winter pilgrimage to Citizens Bank Park for the first day of individual game ticket sales.

"My dad is 85 years old and this is something he looks forward to every year," said the South Philadelphia native.

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:44:52 -0500 2015-02-20T10:44:52-05:00 2015-02-20T10:44:52-05:00
<![CDATA[New state law requires more criminal, child abuse clearances for school volunteers]]> New state regulations requiring volunteers in both public and private schools to get criminal and child abuse background clearances could lead to a drop off in volunteers, mostly due to the cost.

Under amendments to the state Child Protective Services law, all teachers, staff, administrators, contractors and volunteers who come into contact with students must obtain criminal background check and child abuse clearances from the FBI, Pennsylvania State Police and Department of Human Services every 36 months, effective Dec.

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:29:20 -0500 2015-02-20T10:29:20-05:00 2015-02-20T10:29:20-05:00