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 Sat, 29 Nov 2014 01:13:56 -0500 60 <![CDATA[The Black Friday Blues -- tax inversion and holiday shopping]]> Shoppers will be lining up at the crack of dawn on "Black Friday" for spectacular deals. What they don't know is that the best bargains have already been taken -- not by other shoppers, but by some of America's largest corporations.

Wal-Mart, the biggest corporation in America, with revenues of almost half a trillion dollars, gets a $1 billion tax break each year on average by exploiting federal tax loopholes, according to a Did you know that ducks do not have teeth? They do, however, have small grooves inside their bills to help them chew their food.

But like all birds, they have gizzards, which are those weird organs that have gravel in them. Birds pecking at gravel therefore knocks around their food, breaking it down into small pieces so they can swallow it.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:58:36 -0500 2014-11-26T11:58:36-05:00 2014-11-26T11:58:37-05:00
<![CDATA[Vote to dissolve Rec Board silences community voices]]> This past October, Phoenixville Borough Council voted 7-1 to repeal a borough ordinance that established the formation of the Recreation Board; none of the members voting in favor of the motion had ever attended a Recreation Board meeting or knew what the board does. This vote begins the process of dissolution of the Recreation Board.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:45:48 -0500 2014-11-26T11:45:48-05:00 2014-11-26T11:45:50-05:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville Kiwanis decorate Reeves Park for Christmas]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Twelve members of the Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville gathered in Reeves Park on Sunday, Nov. 23, to decorate both gazebos in the park for the holidays.

The volunteers erected a Christmas tree in each gazebo which is trimmed with garland, white lights and red bows. In addition, each gazebo is decorated with strings of greens wrapped in white lights and trimmed with bows.

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:01:26 -0500 2014-11-25T18:01:26-05:00 2014-11-25T18:01:29-05:00
<![CDATA[Dinniman recognizes residents over 90 at Phoenixville Senior Center]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Senator Andy Dinniman recently visited the Phoenixville Senior Center to recognize residents who have reached 90 years or older with special Senate Certificates of Recognition.

"It is always a pleasure to meet, chat with and honor our senior citizens," Dinniman said. "They are the people who literally fought for the freedoms we enjoy and built the towns where we live today.

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:01:20 -0500 2014-11-25T18:01:20-05:00 2014-11-25T18:01:24-05:00
<![CDATA[Royersford Dentist announces candy buyback winners, total collected]]> ROYERSFORD >> After Halloween, The Royersford Dentist, Dr. Eric Paster, D.M.D., P.C., paid area children $1 for every pound of candy they donated between Nov. 1 and 14. All candy donations went directly to Liberty USO, serving active duty troops.

More than 600 pounds of candy total was collected to be sent to the troops.

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:01:15 -0500 2014-11-25T18:01:15-05:00 2014-11-25T18:01:18-05:00
<![CDATA[Ursinus professor named Pa. Professor of the Year]]> COLLEGEVILLE >> Richard L. Wallace, an Ursinus College Environmental Studies professor whose blend of academic and applied learning teaches students to be lifelong problem solvers, has been named the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education recognized Wallace, of Collegeville, for his interdisciplinary and integrative teaching which fosters critical thinking, his community contributions and his scholarship on marine mammals.

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:19:47 -0500 2014-11-25T17:19:47-05:00 2014-11-25T17:19:52-05:00
<![CDATA[Firebird Fest returns to Phoenixville for its 11th burn]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Excitement is building as Phoenixville prepares to host its 11th annual Firebird Festival on Saturday, Dec. 6. A crowd of thousands is expected to attend this year's event, which will be held in Friendship Field on Phoenixville's north side.

The yearly event is a celebration that welcomes the approaching winter solstice, as well as acknowledging the rebirth of the borough in recent years.

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:19:08 -0500 2014-11-25T16:19:08-05:00 2014-11-25T16:19:14-05:00
<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Celebrating Jewish Values & Dedication]]> Chanukah is just a few weeks off. This is the time that the Jewish community celebrates the Victory of Values and Dedication.

It is not a time of fasting or denial. Chanukah is the Festival of Lights and is a time of good food and gaiety. Many Jews believe that eating and drinking are true religious acts, that in the process of eating we share in the bounty of God.

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:33:38 -0500 2014-11-25T15:33:38-05:00 2014-11-25T15:33:42-05:00
<![CDATA[Prosecutors to seek life imprisonment against convicted Skippack teen killer Tristan Stahley]]> NORRISTOWN >> Citing "the threat to the safety of the public" by a Skippack teenager convicted of fatally stabbing his girlfriend, prosecutors will seek to keep the teenager behind bars for the rest of his life.

Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Abidiwan-Lupo has filed notice in Montgomery County Court that he plans to seek a sentence of life imprisonment against Tristan Brian Stahley, 18, of the 4100 block of Rittenhouse Lane, who in September was convicted of first-degree murder in connection with the May 25, 2013, stabbing death of 17-year-old Julianne Siller, of Royersford.

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:55:45 -0500 2014-11-24T15:55:45-05:00 2014-11-24T15:55:47-05:00
<![CDATA[Berman scores first-round KO in pro boxing debut]]> KING OF PRUSSIA >> Opening-night jitters were definitely apparent for Collegeville boxer Sammy Berman Saturday night at the Valley Forge Casino Resort.

Berman, the 18-year-old Methacton High School senior, made his professional boxing debut in the welterweight division against Jamikey Woods of Statesville, N.

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:38:21 -0500 2014-11-24T15:38:21-05:00 2014-11-24T15:38:36-05:00
<![CDATA[Get Well Gabby Foundation to hold Breakfast with Santa]]> Previously named Old Fashioned Christmas, now Breakfast with Santa, A Very Gabby Christmas will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Conference Center at Valley Forge.

Seating times are at 8:30 a.m., 9:45, 11 and 12:15 p.m. This event sold out last year and the organizers expect the same response for this year's event.

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:06:40 -0500 2014-11-24T15:06:40-05:00 2014-11-24T15:06:42-05:00
<![CDATA[Horse Power for Life's Jingle Fest returns, moves into Expo Center]]> OAKS >> The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center will host an exciting free event this year on Dec. 6. The Jingle Fest Dog-Friendly Holiday Craft Bazaar and Family Festival, hosted by Horse Power for Life, has something for everyone, and is raising money for an important cause.

The event runs from 10 a.

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:50:58 -0500 2014-11-24T14:50:58-05:00 2014-11-24T14:51:03-05:00
<![CDATA[Residents oppose Phoenixville council's vote to kill rec board]]> PHOENIXVILLE >> Although the majority of council voted to move to the next step of eliminating the borough's recreation board, one councilwoman and many residents remain staunchly opposed to the move.

In a 6-2 vote, council decided to schedule a public hearing at its next meeting Dec. 9 on the potential removal of the recreation board from borough ordinances.

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:49:33 -0500 2014-11-24T14:49:33-05:00 2014-11-24T14:49:35-05:00
<![CDATA[Housing Authority recognized for inovative design at Fairview Village]]> On Oct. 17, the Housing Authority of Chester County (HACC) was honored to receive the prestigious Excellence in Housing award presented by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).

The award was for innovative project design of the Fairview Village housing development constructed in Phoenixville.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:31:34 -0500 2014-11-21T02:31:34-05:00 2014-11-21T02:31:44-05:00